At long last, the steps at the front of our house are finally finished! The saga has been going on for about two weeks. I won’t bore you with a long story but suffice it to say, the guy who re-laid the slabs went off “sick” the following day! Sick turned out to be left the company! We still have lockdown here in the UK but it has been eased a fair bit; hubby and I are both working from home, so we don’t go out often.
Last weekend the weather was so glorious we went out for a long walk. As I walked down the front steps on our return, I almost stumbled because one step was quite a bit higher than the others. The boss came round on Friday with new workers because he knew we weren’t happy and I struggled to get them to understand that all I wanted was for the steps all to be the same height!
The new guys couldn’t do the job until yesterday and when they arrived I had to go through it all again. Eventually, we agreed on what work needed to be done and they did an amazing job! They also asked if we had anything else that needed finishing off with the steps and the patio in the garden. They were only niggly little jobs but they did them very willingly and left us happy and now ready to settle the account!
I used the stamp set Field of Flowers to create today’s card together with the Forever Gold Laser-Cut Specialty Paper (page 152 – 152493). The pack comes with six sheets, which are three sheets in two designs. One sheet has six different card front layers and the second sheet are accents, or what I call toppers. It has been designed to co-ordinate with the Forever Greenery Suite but I think it’s suitable for all the suites.
For my card, I decided to use the reverse side which is Whisper White. To adhere the sheet to a top layer of Rococo Rose Cardstock (CS) I put a small dot of Tombow on each leaf as well as all around the edge. My Tombow came out of the bottle heavier at times than I wanted, so I blotted the layer onto a scrap of computer paper before adhering it to the top Rococo Rose CS layer.
Next, I added the top layer to a middle layer of Whisper White CS and then onto a Rococo Rose CS card base. I love the look I had created! I set up the flower head stamp and the leaf stem from the Field of Flowers Stamp Set on opposite sides to one of the Stamparatus plates. On the same side of the stem, I set up the sentiment HAPPY BIRTHDAY which is from the Special Someone Stamp Set.
I stamped the flowerheads first using Rococo Rose Ink turned the plate around and stamped the stem stamp. Next, I stamped the sentiment to go across the stem. I stamped it three times so the ink came up a lot darker than the stem and leaves, but I didn’t like it! I decided to stamp it again on a strip of Whisper White CS.
Next, I cut each end of the strip using one of the Stitched So Sweetly dies so the ends matched the edges of the image – which I had die-cut using the no. 4 die. By a pure stroke of luck, the length of the strip was more or less the same as the width of the image. I popped the image up on Dimensionals and painted the flowers, stems, and leaves on the card front using my Clear Wink of Stella Glitter Pen.
I also added a Silver Metallic Pearl in the centre of each flower and at the point where three leaves meet on the card from. Inside the card, I adhered a middle layer of Whisper White CS and then a top layer of Rococo Rose CS. I had previously stamped the flower heads and the stem coming off the top layer in the bottom right-hand corner. Finally, I painted them using my Clear Wink of Stella Glitter Pen.
A very simple card which reminded me of the laser-cut tin of cards that was available last year. That’s it from me today. I look forward to being back with you tomorrow and in the meantime, please take care and stay safe. Happy crafting.
Cardstock Layer Sizes: A4
Card base 8¼” x 5¾” scored and folded at 4 1/8”
Middle layer: 2 pieces 3 7/8” x 5½”
Top layer: 2 pieces 3¾” x 5 3/8”
Cardstock Layer Sizes: Letter-size
Card base 8½” x 5½” scored and folded at 4¼”
Middle layer: 2 pieces 4” x 5¼”
Top layer: 2 pieces 3 7/8” x 5 1/8”
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