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Friday, 28 February 2020

Under My Umbrella Bundle

Have you seen the lovely spring colours in the "Pleased as Punch" designer series paper which can be punched out with not one, but five punches?  This is one of the recently released Coordination product.  The papers in this  pack have been configured differently. It has three sheets each of four double sided designs and can be punched out with ...
  • the heart punch pack (one plain, and the other with a scalloped edge)
  • Tulip builder punch
  • Umbrella builder punch
  • Small bloom punch (Sale-a-bration item, free with a £90 purchase)
I chose to work with the Umbrellas - can you spot which one is the DSP one, and which one was hand-stamped and coloured with stampin' blends?



What makes me smile are the pair of wellies and  whoever designed this stamp set, brollies and wellies definitely go together hand in hand and I love that there are little clusters of floral images which makes the ordinary look extra-ordinary....


Cutting Guide

Imperial measurement

Qty
Description
Dimensions
1
Whisper White Thick card base
4-1/8” x 11 ½”

Long side on top score at  2-7/8”, 5 ¾”
1
*Whisper White (standard) card insert (adhere on top of Balmy Blue card insert)
2 ½” x 3-5/8”
1
*Balmy Blue insert
3-7/8” x 5 ½”
       1           Balmy Blue “z” fold mechanism
                    Long side on top score at
                 

1” x 11 ¼"                        5 ¾", 8-5/8"

2
Pleased as Punch DSP
2-5/8” x 3-7/8”
1
Whisper White greeting banner
¾” x 2-3/8”


Metric measurement

Qty
Description
Dimensions
1
Whisper White Thick card base
Long side on top score at
10.5 cm x 29.2 cm
7.3 cm, 14.6 cm

1
*Whisper White (standard) card insert  (adhere on top of Balmy Blue card insert)

6.35 cm x 9.2 cm
1
*Balmy Blue insert
9.8 cm x 14 cm
1
Balmy Blue “z” fold mechanism
2.5 cm x 28.6 cm

Long side on top, score at
14.6 cm, 20.3 cm
2
Pleased as Punch DSP
6.7 cm x 9.8 cm
1
Whisper White greeting banner
2 cm x 6 cm






Don't forget you also need some extra Whisper White and Balmy Blue card stock to adhere to the punched out DSP elements to add extra strength.






Wednesday, 26 February 2020

Sending Flowers Dies - Coordination Product Release

This has to be the most unusual die offering during Sale-a-bration!  A circular die with a floral silhouette in the bottom half!

It certainly gets your creative juices running!  I chose a Granny Apple Green front - the die is fairly large. Being a circle, it  made sense to make the card square, so the die cut layer was cut at 4-3/4" square to fit a card that was 5" square.

Fluid 100 water colour paper also cut at 4-3/4" square to layer behind the die cut aperture, so I could give it the "sprinkles" treatment to create the effect you see below.




I also used Wink of Stella, to give the background a speckled look, and you can achieve the same effect by tapping the aqua painter brush over the water colour washed paper too.

The flowers were die cut using Petal Pink, Terracotta Tile and Crushed curry and I just mix and matched the flower centres with contrasting ones as shown above.

Do press play to see how this card came together!








Sunday, 23 February 2020

A Comedy of Errors with Forever Blossoms

Happy Sunday everyone!

Oh my, if you know the history behind making this card it'll make you laugh!  I found out that one of my club ladies was going to celebrate her Silver Wedding Anniversary in February - you know who you are (winks), so naturally I had to put my thinking cap on.  I don't normally use this many stamp sets or dies for one card - but because I made mistake, after mistake, it kind of evolved.......

I find the easiest way to establish which stamp set has the appropriate greeting is by visiting the online store and type in "anniversary" in the "search" box. It will bring up all the relevant items which are applicable and  I can then look in my stash  to see whether I own that stamp set/dies  and adapt what sets I own to make it fit the occasion.


Initially I embossed a silver spray of Cherry Blossom on my card front, but in attaching the "For a special couple label", I'd mounted it on silver  glimmer paper which had been cut skewiff and the glimmer paper had an adhesive sheet backing leftover from a previous project so there was no way I could get it undone!

No problem, salvage the Cherry Blossom by die cutting and recycle on another card front - then I smudged the bottom so hence the addition of the rhinestones.



Next - the card insert - I stamped the "hope your day etc" crooked, so hence the insert was adhered at an angle so it would be less noticeable and the addition of the silver glimmer paper arrow to make it look as though it was by design, not accidental!


I usually use this stamp on the back of all my cards, but guess what?  Muggins stamped it on the opposite side of the card insert!  Grr ... now what do I do?




Parisian Blossoms Specialty DSP to the rescue, and more stamping, embossing, coloring with another greeting (from Beautiful Bouquet) and more flowers to dress it, I got there in the end and my apologies for adding the hearts (she's not a hearts girl), but it didn't look right without it and having die cut it in Petal Pink with the Detailed Bee dies, it tied in with the DSP on the opposite side.



So, can you identify with this scenario?  Sometimes mistakes happen one after another, and having invested time in creating something, you're loathe to bin it and start over, not to mention that it's a waste of materials too.  I hope she and her husband liked the end result, and unless she reads this blog post, be none the wiser!  It definitely felt like a comedy of errors at the time.

By the way, I used a couple of retired punches too - the 7/8" scalloped circle punch and 3/4" circle punch.  The Forever Blossoms online link is below, but the stamp set and dies have also been listed separately as one of the options.





Thanks for visiting and enjoy the rest of your weekend!


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