Friday, 20 April 2018

Basket of Wishes

Hello, Crafters.
What an absolutely fabulous day - weather-wise - it was yesterday! 
The hottest April day since 1949, apparently! In London the temperature 
went up to 28.8° Bring it on, I love the heat!
Yesterday I had my first play with the images in the Basket of Wishes 
Stamp Set. It took seven attempts before I was happy with the stamping 
and the colouring of the punnet of strawberries. I used my Marker Pens 
in Real Red, Wild Wasabi and Crumb Cake.
 My first few efforts included the sentiment stamped immediately under 
the image, to be included in the die cut. Unfortunately, I just couldn't get 
it all lined up correctly and eventually decided to keep them separate! As it 
turned out, I think the card looks better with the two elements 
being separate.
One of the good things about having multiple attempts is that I was 
able to fussy  cut the best one and adhere it inside my card. When I 
was ready to adhere my  card together, I knew I was having a Real 
Red layer between the top Whisper White Layer and the Whisper White 
card base, and I thought I'd just pop the sentiment and the image
 onto Dimensionals.
 I decided against that as it made the card look very bland, 
so I adhered them to co-ordinating Real Red scalloped shapes. 
This looked so very  much better!!  Although it doesn't show in 
the photographs, I added three Basic Black Rhinestones along the 
 top of the sentiment!
Overall, I'm very happy with the design of today's card, but it doesn't 
do so well under close scrutiny - so I'm not looking! I can't remember 
the last time I felt so disatisfied/critical of one of my projects. I'm going 
to put it down to the sudden arrival of some fabulous weather! ☺

This evening Hubby and I are going out for dinner to celebrate my 
promotion to Gold! That's it from me for today. Until tomorrow, 
happy crafting.


  1. Jan,
    CONGRATS on your promotion to gold!!!!
    I follow your blog and love love love your creations.

    1. Many thanks, Kathi. And many thanks for your support, too - it's very much appreciated! ☺ Happy crafting, JanB.

  2. I wonder if your card will look better to you in the light of the new day, Jan? When I'm being a bit too hard on my own efforts, I often find this helps. It's really a cute card and how perfect to have the Basketweave embossed background. I've used this stamp set a fair lot, especially over harvest/thanksgiving time. We can't always expect to bat 100 with every project, but somehow, it's just comforting to know that it can happen to the best of us!! I do suspect you're being a bit too hard on yourself however! Glad you got to go out a celebrate!! Have a great weekend!

    1. Hi, Geraldine. You really are very kind, thank you. And yes, I do hear what you're saying. In the morning, I still have the same criticisms, but I don't take them so seriously. Maybe I should do my blog earlier in the day - which could be an excellent idea! Thanks for this very gentle push - I appreciate it! ☺ ☺ ☺ Happy crafting, JanB.