Today I have five cards for you! They are all the same except for different colours and different laser-cut designs. Yesterday when I started on my card for today, I knew I wanted to use the Dragonfly Gardens Stamp Set and the Dandy Laser-cut Paper. This idea disappeared when I opened the stamp set and saw a small cello bag full of punched and fussy-cut dragonflies from one of the designs in the Dandy Garden Designer Series Paper (DSP)!
Although I had forgotten about them, as soon as I saw them I remembered doing all the punching and fussy cutting when I was preparing for the make-n-takes at the virtual OnStage event in November! Another demonstrator had said she uses ALL the dragonflies on this particular sheet of DSP. The last ones were punched out using a half-inch circle punch – these are the ones I’ve used inside my cards.
The dragonflies come in five different colours – hence five cards! – and they are Calypso Coral, Mossy Meadow, Misty Moonlight, Blackberry Bliss and Bumblebee. I have never been one for making quick cards but once I started these I couldn’t stop until I’d made all five. I didn’t take any time to “finish them off” by adding gemstones or ribbons or Wink of Stella but I may go back to them – I’ll share them if I do!
The laser-cut panels I’ve used on the Calypso Coral, Mossy Meadow and Blackberry Bliss cards are from the Dandy Laser-Cut Paper. There are five panels in the pack but I didn’t want to use the solid panel that has a decoration around the edge and nor the one that’s made up of lots of dragonflies. I don’t have a plan for this last one but I’m keeping it just in case.
The other laser panels are from the Forever Gold Laser-Cut Paper. I used the white side partly to follow the Dandy panels but also because I prefer the white sides! I’m sure you recognise the HAPPY BIRTHDAY sentiment because I have used it so much recently. It’s from the Itty Bitty Birthdays Stamp Set and was die-cut using the Stitched Rectangles Dies, slim die no 1. The size of the cardstock layer is 5/8″ x 2 5/8″. I use a strip of our Adhesive Foam Sheets to adhere to the card front.
Before I adhered the dragonflies to the front of the cards, I punched out one small and one large dragonfly using our Vellum Cardstock and the Dragonflies Punch. I glued the vellum behind the DSP dragonflies. The partial dragonfly inside the Calypso Coral card was on the edge of the DSP. Although I’m not a fan of orange, the Calypso Coral card is my favourite! Largely I think because I love the design on the laser-cut panel.
Looking at the five cards sitting on my desk now I think these would make a nice gift for someone if packaged in a pretty box, with envelopes. If you’re in lockdown because of the pandemic and you included postage stamps, it would be an extremely useful gift for someone who is exceptionally vulnerable and not going out at all. There isn’t anything else to tell you about these cards but I hope they’ve inspired you. Maybe change the dragonflies for butterflies or flowers.
Before I go, I recently offered a Paper Share to crafters in the UK, the Netherlands France, Germany and Austria and yesterday was the deadline but I need two more crafters to complete my last group of four. Is anybody interested in joining? The offer is a quarter pack of thirteen packs of DSP that are available in the new Spring/Summer Mini Catalogue – please see the list below – for £36 in the UK and £38 in Europe. (Unfortunately, these are the only countries allow me to sell to!). If you were to buy all 13 packs it would cost £132 plus £4.95 delivery!! Please email me today if you would like to join the last group. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
That’s it from me today and I look forward to being back with you tomorrow. 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”