Yesterday I had to take my car for its MOT. This had all been arranged by hubby last week, but late on Monday afternoon his company found it necessary to cancel his time off! After I had dropped my car off, I told the mechanic I’d take a stroll around the shops while I wait. The first shop I went in is one of those quirky little gift shops. My eyes landed on a box that had two bone china coffee mugs inside – one that read Hubby and the other one read Wifey! Since we decided to get married, this is Othman’s new pet name for me, so I just had to buy them.
What I didn’t notice until hubby took them out of the box before we had dinner last night was that the handles are made to represent gold rings! The real beauty of the handles is the Wifey handle because it has a rhinestone on it! I’m sure we’ve all seen Mr & Mrs, and Husband & Wife, but I’ve never seen Hubby & Wifey! Funnily enough, when hubby can home from work today, he had a gift with him that he’d been given by one of the teams he supports. In the box with one black and one white leather passport holders – one with Mr on it and the other with Mrs on it!
The card today is number two in the children’s cards challenge, and I’ve really surprised myself. As you know, I like clean and simple, but I know that children’s cards should be bright and colourful. I chose the Wiggle Worm Stamp Set as there are several different bugs in there and I could colour them any colours I thought looked good!
I could only push myself as far as one colour with different shades for each bug, but I’m sure young children would be happy to receive this card on their birthday. All I can tell you about the colours I used – because I used so many of them! – is that they are all available as Stampin’ Write Markers! The card base is in Blueberry Bushell Cardstock (CS), the first layer is Balmy Blue CS and the top layer is Whisper White CS.
There are fourteen dies called Wiggly Bugs which co-ordinates with the stamp set, and is available as a bundle. This saves 10% on the price if you bought both products individually. See page 104 – the bundle code is 151142. There are twenty-five stamps in the set and it’s a two-step stamp set. With five different bugs plus a little wasp, it’s an amazing stamp sets and so many possibilties what you can do with all the bugs!
I used a Dauber to sponge the top part of the top layer with Balmy Blue Ink, getting lighter as it came down towards the grass. I also stamped three clouds so the top part wouldn’t look bland!I I took two strips of Pear Pizzazz CS, wider than my top layer, and measured half an inch up on both ends. I drew a line from one to the other and used it as my guide to cut the first strip of grass. I repeated this for the second strip, but measured just a quarter of an inch up.
I put some Tombow along the bottom of the shorter piece of grass, and positioned it where I thought it looked best with the taller strip. Next I worked out where I needed to adhere the big leaf and the grass. When I was happy with the positioning, I adhered the leaf on my card front. The leaf vein comes out of the leaf when it’s die-cut, but I wanted it back in the leaf rather than having white showing through!
I didn’t want the vein disappearing in the same colour of green, so I coloured it with the nearest green Marker pen which happened to be Granny Apple Green. It worked a treat – the leaf looks great! To decorate the inside of my card I added a layer each of Balmy Blue and Whisper White CS. I decorated the bottom right hand corner with some left-over grass, and another bug!
I was well out of my comfort zone today but I’m happy with the result! Before I say cheerio, Stampin’ Up! announced yesterday that the last batch of Trimmer Blades will be available on 28th August, and that they will be the last batch. I will find out the exact details tmorrow and will share them here.
That’s it from me today, and I look forward to being back with you tomorrow. In the meantime, happy crafting.
Products used for today’s project: I have listed all the Stampin’ Write Markers because I used so many colours, I’m letting you know what the options are! Please click on any link below to be taken to my 24/7 online Stampin’ Up! shop. Thank you.