Thursday, 21 July 2016

Thoughtful Branches

Hello, Crafters.

Despite the very strong winds yesterday morning, the day turned out to be day 5 of our summer! 

I had a great day playing with the limited edition bundle Thoughtful Branches yesterday.
 - I love it!

The first card I made, although it took three attempts to get it exactly right, is going to be the subject for Sunday's video. 

Then I made some Thank You cards using this stamp set and came up with an idea I haven't seen on Pinterest yet, so I'm keeping it under wraps until I've been able to convert the idea into a "proper" card. 

Then I came up with a third idea, which is a variation of idea number 2 but ran out of time before I could complete it. 

I tidied up from that session and put everything onto the side ready for me to start again today.Then I needed to create a card for today.

I decided to carry on with Thoughtful Branches as there are so many different elements in this bundle and I'd enjoyed playing with it all day, I really didn't want to stop. 

However, I was getting a little bit concerned that I was starting projects but not actually finishing them off and could see me finishing up without a card to share with you today!

I decided I'd have a look on Pinterest, choose something quick and CASE it (Copy And Share Everything). That still left me on a wing and a prayer because me and quick cards just don't go together! The card I chose to CASE was one of the Stampin' Up! cards they had on the flyer advertising this limited edition.

To make today's card I started with a base of Whisper White Cardstock with a layer of Soft Sky, which I adhered using Tombow. For the top layer I had three strips of Whisper White.

I took some scraps of Whisper White and, using Soft Suede Ink, stamped three tree trunks. I changed to Crumb Cake ink and stamped three birds facing east and three birds facing west. I used the appropriate dies to die cut the nine stamped images.

I didn't like the birds with what looked like no eyes, so I used my black marker pen to draw them in and the birds instantly came to life. It's nearly always the small details that make a card pop!

Then I used the grass stamp with Old Olive Ink and stamped twice at the bottom of each strip. I used Tombow to adhere the tree trunks in place and then the birds. I decided to have two feeding off the grass, two sitting on the tree trunks and one flying. I always think birds should have their wings open when they're flying but this is not actually a fact!

I chose the sentiment from the Ready to Pop Stamp Set as it's so small and exactly what I needed for this card. I stamped it straight onto the strip using Old Olive Ink.
I wrapped some Linen Thread around the top of the other two strips adhering it at the back with Fast Fuse.  

To finish this card off, I attached Dimensionals on the back of each strip and attached them to the card base. 

That's about it for today. I have to take hubby to the hospital this afternoon for a retina scan. He's not allowed to drive for six hours after the process, so I'm playing chauffeur this afternoon! ☺

Until tomorrow, happy crafting.



  1. Hi Jan! I finally found you and your blog. For months now I have enjoyed watching and listening to you on YouTube. However, could only subscribe to your videos. Then, today I located you on Pinterest! Yay!!! I was so happy. Your videos are so descript and I wanted to see your blog. Now that I've looked through it I don't see where to sign up to follow it!?! Can you please guide me or sign me up to receive your blogs? I'd greatly appreciate it. Thank you for being so exact and precise. Cyndy Stampin' By The Sea in Virginia Beach, VA USA

    1. Hi, Cynthia. Many thanks for your persistence in looking for me! ☺ In the top right hand corner of this page, put your email in the Follow by Email box. If you would also like to receive my monthly newsletter, please email me your email address and I'll add you to the group. ☺ Happy crafting, JanB.