Hubby gave me a totally unexpected gift yesterday – he’d been shopping online! It’s a gorgeous pendant with the number 5 on it. It’s in recognition of me being the top no. 5 demonstrator in the UK! It’s sterling silver and has Swarovski crystals lining the inside of the number 5. It is absolutely gorgeous – photograph below! As promised, I contacted Karen Egan she has agreed to me sharing her photograph of her card that I CASE’d for yesrterday’s blog! Many thanks, Karen.
Initially I was going to do a sketch for today’s card but I had a new stamp set on my desk and I decided to have a play with that instead! The stamp set is called Little Treats and comes as a bundle with a set of dies called Little Treats Boxes Dies. My idea was to use three images and a strip of each of the three colours the Classic Chistmas 6″ x 6″ Designer Series Paper (DSP) pack. The three colours are Cherry Cobbler, Shaded Spruce and Sahara Sand. I wasn’t sure which way my card was going to go, i.e. landscape or portrait or if the strips were going to go in the same direction as my card or not!
I chose the santa hat, the present and the sweets for my three images and stamped each one in one of the three colours, i.e. Cherry Cobbler for santa’s hat, Sahara Sand for the present and Shaded Spruce for the sweets. I used a retired 1 3/8″ square punch to punch them all out and then I used the Layering Squares Dies, scalloped no. 4 to die-cut a layer for each image in the matching colour. (Instead of the square punch I used, you can use the no 3 straight cut die from the Layering Squares dies). Next I had to calulate the size of the strips of DSP – I should have made life easy for myself and not worry about having the three strips all the same width! Once I had adhered the image onto its layer and cut the strips to size, I started to play around with possible layouts.
The sentiment I chose, MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR, is from the Itty Bitty Christmas Stamp Set. I set it up on my Stamparatus because I wanted to paint the sentiment using my Stampin Write Markers using the three colours. The advantage of using the Stamparatus for this job is that if I didn’t ink the stamp thickly enough, I could re-paint with my markers and stamp again.
I added one rhinestone to each image and two on the sentiment. The Cherry Cobbler and Shaded Spruce are both from the Holiday Rhinestones and the gem on the present is from the Elegant Faceted Gems – doesn’t it go well with Sahara Sand? Inside the card I added a middle layer of Cherry Cobbler CS and a top layer of Sahara Sand CS. I stamped one each of the three images in the same colour as on the front of the card, down the right-hand side.
Above is the photograph I have used from Karen to show you her card that I CASE’d yesterday. Just as a quick reminder that Karen had made some DSP using the Gorgeous Posies Stamp set and then cut it into three pieces. As you can see Karen’s gaps were bigger than mine and I think hers looked more striking. I hope you like Karen’s card as much as I do.
That’s it from me today and I look forward to being back with you tomorrow. In the meantime take care and stay safe, and 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”