Friday, 16 March 2018

Perennial Birthday

Hello, Crafters.

I was overwhelmed by the amazing response I received for my new Facebook group yesterday. 

It was finally up and running by about 5.30 pm and within the first five hours there were thirty-eight members, and crafters had already started sharing their projects, and chatting. 

And to think I'd been worrying about whether it was a good idea to set up a group or not ! I'm well aware that there are already a great many crafting groups  available on Facebook, and I wasn't sure if there was room for another one!

If you would like to join the group as well, this is the link: Happy Crafting

It's not a very imaginative name, but it's my sign off from my blog, my videos, my emails and just about everything else, and I thought it'd be easy to remember Happy Crafting!
Yesterday was my first play with the Perennial Birthday Stamp Set, and it was the whirly-type flowers that had first caught my eye! 

The problem with the main flower image is that it has some solid small flowers/berries included with the flower and leaves. 

This means when the image is stamped in black - so that the flower and leaves can be coloured - the small flowers/berries would be solid black! 

There are two ways I thought of to get round this. I could paint the image on the rubber stamp using three four different Marker Pens, huffing on it and them stamping!

I rejected this idea because I thought it'd be too time consuming. 

I moved onto plan B, which was to use tape to cover everything except the flower, and stamp the flower three times using Sweet Sugarplum Ink. 

Then I cleaned my stamp and inked up the leaves and a bit of the surrounding stamps in Emerald Envy Ink. 

Finally I coloured the stem with my Soft Suede Marker Pen, and the flowers with the Berry Burst Marker Pad. 
Then I fussy cut all the flowers and leaves - which was quite easy -  and then the stem with small flowers/berries, definitely not so easy!

I used one of the Petal Pair Embossing Folders, and dry-embossed the centre of the top layer, which was Whisper White Cardstock (CS). 

My original plan was to make the card vertical, but when I decided to make three circles with the images, I realised I wouldn't have room for the sentiment. 

Before I adhered the fussy cut elements to the Stitched Shape Whisper White CS circles, I adhered the flowers, leaves and berries together - making sure the position with all three  of them were at very different angles.

I wrapped some retired Sweet Superplum Ruffled Ribbon around the top two layers of the card, and adhered the sentiment over it so the Dimensionals sat either side of the ribbon. 
I added a Berry Burst Glitter Enamel Dot in the centre of each of the larger flowers, and then a tiny Basic Pearls in the centre of the little flowers/berries. 

I forgot to say that I'd painted the sentment using Marker Pens, and decorated either end with the stem and small flowers/berries, painted the same way as earlier. 

I also repeated this twice more to stamp inside the card.  

This is a very clean looking card and I enjoyed making it, but it's not for someone whose in a hurry, or someone who doesn't like fussy cutting! LOL!

That's it from me today. Untiltomorrow, happy crafting.



  1. First of all, not one little tiny bit surprised at your response for the Facebook group; apparently there IS room for one more, when Jan B's name is attached! SO happy for you, Jan. And now the card ... I've barely touched this one yet myself and there's so much that I like about it, but you've found your way around the challenge of the black "berries" just brilliantly! Love the clean and simple look of this card and the clarity of the colours you've chosen. Well done! Love it!

  2. Hi, Geraldine. It never fails to amaze me how similar we are with our thoughts about cardmakingneg the black "berries". I'm glad you like how I dealt with them! LOL! ☺ Happy crafting. JanB.

  3. I love my Perennial Birthday stamp set. I first used it with the Perennial Birthday Card kit and loved the stamps. I know that a few are a bit tricky but it can be got around. I have recently made a wreath template with the help from SU Demonstrator Sacha and I used my Perennial Birthday stamps with this. It was a great success.

    1. Hi, Lorraine. Have you shared it on Happy Crafting FB group? I'd love to see it! ☺ Happy crafting. JanB.