Yesterday I received the telephone call I have been waiting for! My wedding rings are ready for collection! I wanted two wedding rings made to fit either side of my engagement ring. It has been a big challenge for the goldsmith, firstly because of the shape of my ring, and secondly, although both sides look the same, they’re not. My rings were ready three weeks ago, but they had to been sent to the Assay office to be hallmarked. I’m really praying that they fit beautifully when Othman and I go to collect them tomorrow!
When we’re in Kingston, we’re going to have a look in John Lewis for a new suitcase and a new rug for the conservatory. After that, we’re going to Waitrose (the supermarket part of John Lewis) to get some products that I buy regularly, but our local branch is quite small and is often out of stock! If we find them in Kingston, we’ll buy a small supply of each item – fortunately they’re not fresh foods! Once we get back home and have put everything away, we’re off out again to visit our son Leigh.
He lives in a one-bedroom flat, in a two-storey building and he’s on the second floor. He recently had the loft converted to a bedroom, so he now has a two-bedroom flat! We’re both very excited to see it, as we’ve often talked about having our loft converted to a studio for me! Yesterday I made two masculine cards. I will share no. 6 with you tomorrow as it features in Sunday’s video called Double Front Flap Fold card. Today’s card is no. 5 and has been made with A Good Man Stamp Set.
I really enjoy working with stamp sets that have images with good solid/thick outlines, and A Good Man certainly fits the bill! However, there’s a limit to how many times you can use the image of a man sitting in a deckchair for a card. To get round this restriction, I look at the other cardmaking products I have. The main tool I used for today’s card is the Rectangle Stitched Dies, but I also thought of some thing different to do with the Magnolia Mossy Meadow Linen Thread!
I started by creating the image, and dded the Happy Birthday sentment from the Hostess New Wonders Stamp Set. Next I die cut it using the Rectangle Stitched Dies, and also die-cut a layer – I think this may be the first time I’ve used these dies! As I said the other day, I seem to be using a lot of Desiginer Series Paper (DSP) and today is no different. I imagine the man in the deckchair is dreaming of a holday abroad somewhere, or maybe travelling the world, so it seemed appropriate to use some of the map DSP from the Come Sail Away Pack for the top layer!
The Linen Thread Stampin’ Up! sell is ideal for masculine cards as an alternative to ribbon, and I find it easy to come up with different ideas for using it. The way I did the Linen Thread on today’s card did take some patience but it was well worth the effort. I positioned the top two layers on myGrip Paper so it was centred over the eight inch dark line. Next I cut five lengths of thread and adhered each strip (with Tear & Tape) on one side, at each quarter inch mark. Then I turned the card around, and followed the same procedure to anchor the other side down.
Whenever I’ve used this image to make card I’ve always struggled with decorating the inside. For this card I punched a circle from the same DSP I used for the top layer to represent a globe – artistic licence! If I could draw, I would have added the the support most globes are seen with! I finished the card by adding some copper medallions in the top left and lower right corners.
I hope you have a super weekend, and I look forward to being back with you tomorrow. In the meantime, happy crafting.
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