Despite having had masses of rain this week, our builder has continued working to get our new garden fence put up. It’s amazing how much bigger our garden is looking! Do you remember we had our patio re-done during the summer? At that time we hadn’t planned on removing the hedge and replacing it with a fence. This has resulted in needing our patio to be extended up to the fence. BTW: I call Bob “Bob the Builder” – named after a children’s TV character – because hubby has been calling him Gary ever since he first met him! LOL!!
Although Bob the Builder lives about ten houses down from us, I’d never met him until he came to give us a quote for doing the work! We live on the side of the valley which means all the gardens are on a slope and are at different levels. Once the patio has been finished, Bob the Builder is going to build a wall about three feet high along the edge of the new fence and fill it first with rubble and then soil to fill in the area where the hedge was! The final job will be having the whole lawn re-done. Although everything is currently a mess it’ll be lovely once it’s finished!
There’s a very fine line between me working and me enjoying my hobby! As hubby was working on Wednesday which is my day off, I decided to enjoy some cardmaking and learning more about sketches! Most of Kristie Marcotte’s videos show her making as many cards as possible using a 6″ x 6″ pad of patterned papers. At the beginning of her videos she explains she has had to speed her video up because it had taken six or seven hours in real time. I liked the first sketch Kristie made and decided to use the same one.
I laid out my 6″ x 6″ Most Wonderful Time Designer Series Paper (DSP) on my desk so I could select designs I felt go together well. The three I chose are all Garden Green and three very different designs. The sketch (I forgot to make a note of who’s sketch it was!) had a large butterfly by the circle where I’ve put a reindeer. The reindeer sticker I used is from the Product Medley and to remove the sticky I went over the back very heavily with my embossing buddy! This worked brilliantly!
My basic card is a Whisper White Cardstock (CS) card base, with a middle layer of Garden Green CS and a top layer of Whisper White CS. My first DSP design, i.e. the mistletoe, measures 3 5/8” x 5¼” (US 3¾” x 5”). The Garden Green patterned DSP is 1″ x 5¼” (US 1″ x 5”) and is adhered onto a layer of Whisper White CS which measures 1 1/8″ x 5¼” (US 1 1/8″ x 5”). The Whisper White CS circle was die cut with the Stitched Shape no 3 circle die. The DSP with the white background was die-cut with the Layering Circles no 7 straight cut die.
For the circle placement, adhere both circles together and adhere them in the bottom right-hand corner of the Garden Green mistletoe DSP layer so the edge of the circle touches the point of this layer. Then trim off both outstanding sides and adhere layer onto regular top layer of Whisper White CS. Next, adhere the Garden Green patterned DSP strip onto the Whisper White CS strip and then onto card front – preferably in a straight line, not going up hill like mine is doing!
Using Garden Green Ink, I stamped JOY TO THE WORLD sentiment which is from the Itty Bitty Christmas Stamp set and die-cut it using the Stitched Labels circle no 1 die. Using Dimensionals, I popped the sentiment and the reindeer up on my card front and added some retired Garden Green Toile Tiding Enamel Dots. The final touch was painting the mistletoe berries with my Clear Wink of Stella Glitter Pen. Inside the card I adhered a middle Garden Green CS layer and a top layer of Whisper White CS. I finished off by adding two reindeer stickers.
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.
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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”