Well, the so-called heatwave we were supposed to enjoy over the weekend was very short-lived! Although yesterday was very pleasantly warm it wasn’t worthy of the name heatwave! Today’s the start of a fresh new week, and I hope you were able to recharge your batteries ready to face the new week with vigour. Today’s the last day you can order from the 2018-2019 Annual Catalogue! I recommend that, if you haven’t already done it, check if there are any bundles on your wishlist which are being carried forward. While it’s great you’ll still be able to buy them, they won’t be available as bundles, which save you 10%.Yesterday I had a play with the Pop of Petals Stamp Set and the matching punch, which is called the Four-petal Punch. I have made this style of card before, but the last time was a very long time ago! My colour choices are Poppy Parade, Granny Apple Green, and Pineapple Punch.I started today’s card with a regular A6 size card with the fold on the short side. The card size is 4 1/8″ by 5 3/4″. I used my trimmer to cut across the front horizontally, 2 1/4″ up from the bottom. The spotted Designer Series Paper is from the Brights Designer Series Paper (DSP) 6″ x 6″ Stack. These DSP stacks, which are available in the colour families will still be available in the new catalogue, but in super new designs. When I first had this stamp set, I used to get frustrated trying to line the flowers up with the punch, because all four petals are different shapes! To stop this, I spent some time working out which part of each stamp was the top, and wrote TOP on the reverse. Result? No more frustration! To create the yellow circles for my flowers, I took an off-cut strip of Whisper White Cardstock (CS), and a scrap of paper. After inking my stamp in Pineapple Punch Ink, I positioned my stamp so the centre of the flower was on the cardstock and most of the petals were on the scrap paper. I have a retired 3/8″ Circle Punch, which was ideal for punching out the centre. The leaves were stamped in Granny Apple Green Ink, and then I fussy cut them. They were so easy to cut out, I’m not sure it’s right to call it fussy cutting! I chose the HAPPY BIRTHDAY sentiment from the Perennial Birthday Stamp Set. It’s a great size stamp for this particular card design. I die cut it using the Rectangle Stitched Framlits Dies. Apart from the sentiment and the three leaves around it, the inside of the card is blank. This provides plenty of space for writing a greeting. If you don’t like seeing the plain white backs for the flowers and leaves from the inside, you could make some more flowers and adhere from the back. You would need to bear in mind that flowers and leaves for the inside should be kept flat. I think the end result would look very nice! Another idea is to decorate the back of the Poppy Parade, either with adhering some more DSP, or stamping flowers tone on tone.
Well, I think that’s about it from me today. I’m off to the dentist for an hour and a half appointment this morning. The week before last I broke a tooth, and the dentist is repairing it with a temporary “tooth” to keep me going until my implant is ready! I look forward to being backwith you tomorrow. In the meantime, happy crafting.
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