I hope you’ve had a great weekend. Yesterday I had a good sort out in my studio of everything I had lying around which had been accumulating all of last week. Normally I’m pretty good about tidying up as I go so I’m not sure what wrong last week. The good thing about all this is that I’m starting a lovely fresh week with a lovely fresh desk! The design of today’s card is very similar to my videos number three and number ten, but with different stamp sets of course! LOL!
I chose to use the Thoughtful Blooms Stamp Set which is available as a gift in the Sale-a-bration Brochure. When I decided on the design for today’s card, the ladybirds didn’t feature, but as I was going through my box of Whisper White Cardstock (CS) off-cuts and scraps I found a piece on which I had stamped the four small ladybirds stamp from the Little Ladybug Stamp Set.
I chose Garden Green for the leaves and Real Red for the flowers. Using my Grid Paper I lined up my Whisper White CS top layer so I knew where the centre of the vertical left-hand side was. I stamped the first leaf stamp in the centre of the layer but towards the left-hand side. Next, I turned the top layer up the right way, re-inked the stamp, and tilted it sideways to stamp so the leaves didn’t look uniform. Then I repeated this for the other end of the layer.
Using Real Red Ink I stamped eight of the solid flowers from the same stamp set and punched them out using the Small Bloom Punch, which is also available as a gift in the Sale-a-bration catalogue. I curled all the petals upwards and then adhered two flowers together making sure that the petals were offset. I also painted the ladybirds and fussy cut all four of them – they did need a lot of patience!
I chose the HAPPY BIRTHDAY sentiment from Magnolia Blooms Stamp Set which has become my go-to birthday sentiment recently. One of the reasons I like this stamp is because it fits the solo die in the Stitched Rectangle Dies. I call it a solo die because there aren’t any bigger or smaller dies for it to nest into. I hope that makes sense!
I adhered three of the ladybirds in various positions on the leaves, and the fourth one, who looks as if he’s on his back, falling towards the sentiment. It adds a little bit of humour to my card! I want to play with this stamp set again because I can see some different ideas, but they are just in my head at the moment and it’s not until I get the ideas onto paper that I’ll know if they will work!
To decorate the inside of the card I added a layer of Real Red CS and a top layer of Whisper White CS. I stamped some of the leaves in the bottom right-hand corner and added the fourth flower I’d made. By this time I had adhered all four of the ladybirds to the front of the card and I didn’t fancy any more fussy-cutting – yes, even I have my limits!
Before I go, I want to show you a small addition I made to the two Forever Blossoms Embossed Tone on Tone cards I shared with you on Friday. I always leave my cards standing on my desk for twenty-four hours after I’ve finished them, and these two cards looked as if they were lacking something. I added two double Whisper White Baker’s Twine bows on the stems. I think it made a subtle but worthwhile difference.
That’s it from me today. I hope you have a wonderful week, and I look forward to being back with you tomorrow. In the meantime, happy crafting.
Cardstock Layer Sizes: Europe & South Pacific (A4) Card base 8¼” x 5¾” scored and folded at 4 1/8” First layer: 2 pieces 3 7/8” x 5½” Top layer: 2 pieces 3¾” x 5 3/8”
Cardstock Layer Sizes: North America (Letter-size) Card base 8½” x 5½” scored and folded at 4¼” First layer: 2 pieces 4” x 5¼” Top layer: 2 pieces 3 7/8” x 5 1/8”
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