Yesterday, I went to the Post Office to post my European online customers’ Happy Mail for December and January. My first question I asked the Postmaster was “Have I used the correct form?” He said “No, you need one of these!” Fortunately I had only clipped the forms to the packages rather than adhering them but it did mean I had to rewrite the labels out again. But at least I now know how to send my packages since Brexit. The form we had downloaded from the Royal Mail website was a CN22 and I should have used the CN22 from the Post Office because it has a barcode on it. I did wonder why we’re encouraged to download online when it isn’t the correct form. When I asked the Postmaster if I could take some of the forms – which were on his side of the counter – he very kindly said yes and handed me some. Well, three to be exact! They won’t last any time at all! LOL!
Today’s card is my second Easter card. With the help of my Stamparatus, I stamped an even row of tulips along the bottom of my Whisper White Cardstock (CS) top layer. Our Stamparatus blows all other stamp positioners right out of the water! Using Stampin’ Blends I coloured the tulip flowerheads using Light and Dark Highland Heather and for the leaves I used Dark Granny Apple Green . The tulip stamp is from the Springtime Joy Stamp Set and this was my first play with it.
I arranged the egg basket and the chick stamps on my Stamparatus as close as I could get them to be side by side. Again using my Stampin’ Blends I coloured the images using the Light & Dark Daffodil Delight for the chick, and Light and Dark Crumb Cake for the basket and Light Pool Party for the eggs. I found a small grass stamp in the Kangaroo and Company Stamp Set which I used around the chick’s feet and around the basket. The grass was stamped with Granny Apple Green Ink.
Using the Layering Oval Dies I die cut the image using the straight cut die number 4. I layered it onto an oval die-cut in Highland Heather CS I’d used the no 4 scalloped die from the same set. I chose two sentiments from the Gift of Hope stamp set which read THE GREATEST GIFT OF EASTER IS and HOPE. The main sentiment is curved which made it fit round the image beautifully. Needless to say I set the two stamps up on my Stamparatus and stamped onto a piece of scrap paper so I could make sure HOPE was straight.
I was so pleased with what a difference punching the “flower” in each corner of yesterday’s card had made and I wanted to decorate the corners of today’s card too. To see if it would work I stamped onto the piece of scrap paper I had stamped the sentiments on. I wondered if my card would look odd if I decorated just the two top hand corners? The scrap paper assured me it would look fine.
The corner stamp I used is from the Ornate Style Stamp Set. It looked a bit big but once I had stamped onto my top layer I could see it suited my card beautifully! To decorate the inside of my card, I took another top layer of Whisper White CS and stamped more tulips at the bottom and decorated the top two corners as well. I decided to add the little chick to cover up a small black splodge! It worked!
I think you may be seeing more of this corner stamp from now on! 😀 That’s it from me today. I look forward to being back with you tomorrow with the Sunday video! 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”