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Sunday, 24 June 2018

Painted Glass

I had to make a sympathy card recently, and the Graceful Glass 6"x 6" (15.2 x 15.2 cm) Designer Vellum from the Painted Glass Suite fitted the bill.  Sympathy cards are the kind of cards which you don't want to make, because it means that someone near and dear has passed on and it's hard for those left behind.

Words seem inadequate at these times but if you can take the time to make a card to let them know you're thinking of them and sharing in their sorrow too, hopefully that will bring some comfort in their hour of need.

I used a mixture of markers and Stampin' Blends to colour on the back of the vellum and adhered it to some Whisper White card stock.  I was lucky that I had the "Tea Room" combo ribbon pack which picked out some of the blue in the stained glass "window" as I didn't have any Gorgeous Grape or Highland Heather ribbon in hand.  

Unfortunately in my pack, the pattern on one side had been cut short - but I worked around it and made use of it rather than discarding it in the trash can.  The ribbon masked the flaw in the paper and you'd be none the wiser (winks).

The sentiment for the inside of the card is from Flourishing Phrases.

Wherever you are, whoever you're with, just hold them closer and a little tighter - we are all mortal and our time together is finite.

Big hugs to you all and thanks for stopping by.

Friday, 22 June 2018

Treat Time!

I've been making sour cream treat containers for years, but still manage to get muddled up as to where I should put my tape for sealing it!

Hooray!  Stampin' Up! brought out a die that has different toppers to add interest to the humble sour cream container and they fit the main die frame like a jigsaw!  

Love it!

Wednesday, 20 June 2018

Bouquet Blooms Gatefold

Isn't it cool that you can now make a gatefold card without worrying about measurements?  Even better is the unique leaf and floral edges to make it even more special!

Enter - the Gatefold Blossoms Framelits dies!  These cards when closed measure 3-1/2" x 5" which is a note card envelop size.  You can use the envelops from the "Notecards & Envelops packs" to put them in, or you can use your Envelop Punch Board to make a bespoke one.

It goes without saying that the stamps which co-ordinate with the dies can be used for normal sized cards too and should you desire, you can use them to stamp on your Scrapbooking projects!

Here's the supplies list I used.

Sunday, 17 June 2018

Happy Father's Day

Happy Father's Day to all the Dads out there.

So often, we take our men folk for granted and it seems fitting that there is a day in our calendar to take a moment to honour them.

Both hubby and I lost our Dads many years ago, but hubby is a Dad himself, and although he's my husband and not my Dad, it's still nice to make the day special to say "thank you" for all that he does everyday throughout the year.

This Father's Day is  tinged with sadness as I am thinking of one of my friends who lost her Dad just last week and today will be especially difficult for her and her family.  Not a year goes by without either hubby or me recalling happy memories of days gone by with our Dads, they won't ever be forgotten.

Those who know my hubby,  know that he loves his field archery - and they have these 3D targets in the field course so this stamp set "Animal Outing" was perfect.  Don't get me wrong, he would never ever shoot at something that is living!  He abhors the taking of a life and especially endangered species!

The card base is thick Very Vanilla card stock and I die cut the front piece with the Tropical Thinlits dies.  I stamped the rhino in Tuxedo Black Memento ink directly on to Gray Granite card stock and the giraffe on Very Vanilla standard card stock.  The giraffe was coloured in with Stampin' Blends and both figures were die cut with the Animal Friends Framelits.

I stuck a "wibble wobble" thing-a-majig on  the back of the rhino - so it wobbles!  Not just for kids - you're never too old for an interactive card!

The sentiment is from Thoughtful Banners.

When I opened the card to work on the inside, I discovered I'd stamped something on the left hand side of the card, so rather than discard it, I cut a strip of DSP from the Tropical Escape DSP stack, and also die cut a kangaroo from the Animal Expedition DSP - yes! the dies fit the animals and you can cut them out!  Bonus!

For the sentiment I used one from Rooted in Nature "Words are never enough to thank you for all you do".

So wherever you are, enjoy your day with your men folk.

Friday, 15 June 2018

Stamparatus Wreath Stamping Tutorial

Where else can you get such fabulous precision stamping on a wreath than with Stampin' Up!'s fabulous new stamp positioning tool!  Having two stamping plates which you can use on both sides gives you 4 work surfaces, eliminating the need to keep swapping your stamps around - perfect!  We may have come late to the market, but extensive research and testing has brought us the avid stamper's DREAM tool!

In today's video, I show you how to make your own template so that you can make a larger wreath.  You can see the smaller one I made in my blog post here which I made using the largest square of the Layering Squares framelits dies.  Not happy with the result, I decided to make my own in different sizes.  I hope you find it useful and I would love it if you gave me some feedback!

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