Friday, 2 June 2017

Happy Birthday Gorgeous!

Hello, Crafters.

Yesterday's launch day went without any hitches, and I've just had notification that one of my orders, as well as two of my customers' orders, have shipped already!! Well done Stampin' Up! You're far better than brilliant!!

My day yesterday was amazingly busy, and I wasn't able to make it into my studio until early evening! 

I wasn't sure which of the new stamp sets I wanted to have a play with, and decided on Happy Birthday Gorgeous.
This is such a super stamp set, with various sentiments in a fabulous font! It's available as a bundle with the gorgeous HAPPY BIRTHDAY die, which I used for my card two days ago.

I love using two-step stamping and tested some of the elements of this stamp set on scrap paper. The two main outline flowers - one large and one small - are beautiful and the solid stamps fit into the outline perfectly, easily!

I tried the little branch with the berries and the stem with the leaves; they're both gorgeous!

Slowly, slowly an idea developed in my mind as I played with the various elements in this stamp set, and I'm happy with the clean, almost simple card I finished up with.

I started my card with a base of Whisper White Cardstock (CS), with a layer of Berry Burst CS and a top layer of Whisper White CS.
I took a small oblong of Whisper White CS and stamped the sentiment using Tranquil Tide Ink. I thought about a circle of berries going round sentiment, and tested the idea on a scrap of paper. 

I dismissed the idea as I thought it looked rather crowded, so I tried it with the two branches crossing each other below the sentiment, which I really liked! I re-did them on the Whisper White CS that I'd stamped the sentiment on. 

To die cut the sentiment, I tried the Circle Stitched Shape Framelit but it didn't fit well enough, so I changed to the ovals which looked as if it had been made for the job! I die cut a larger scallop circle using the Layering Oval Framelits and Tranquil Tide CS.

I decided I wanted to have three flowers rising from behind the sentiment. I placed the sentiment oval on the card front and drew a faint line round it so I'd have a guide where to stamp the flower stems. 
I stamped three at varying heights using Tranquil Tide Ink, and erased the pencil mark before I went too far, and forgot about it!

Then I used Berry Burst Ink to stamp three of the large outline flower heads at the top of the stems. For the inside of the flowers, I stamped off once, and then finished off with a medium Basic Pearl in the centre of each flower head.

I adhered the sentiment in place and then a piece of Berry Burst Ribbon wrapped around the top layer only. Using Tombow, I attached the card layers together, and tied a short piece of ribbon as a knot around the strip I'd adhered around the top layer. 

I added three of the new Glitter Enamel Dots around the sentiment, just to give it a bit of a pop of colour!

To decorate the inside of the card, I used a layer of Berry Burst CS, and then a layer of Whisper White CS.
Before I adhered the layers into the card, I stamped five more flowers with the tallest in the centre, and working out to the smallest. 

That's about it for today. Until tomorrow, happy crafting. 



  1. Oh how lovely Jan! I am absolutely loving that Berry Burst too! And aren't these flowers and berries great? Great card, great composition, and you're right ... this is a wonderful stamp set! It's on my list! TFS

    1. Hi, Geraldine. I'm totally in love with two-step stamping now! I've always liked it, but I think with the last two new stamp sets I've used, the results have been phenomenal and so easy! ☺ Happy crafting. JanB.

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    1. Many thanks, Unknown. ☺ Happy crafting, JanB.

  3. What a beautiful card, love the colour

    1. Hi, Kaye. I agree! I think Berry Burst is my favourite colour out of the five new InColours, although I do like them all! ☺ Happy crafting, JanB.