I hope you're enjoying your weekend, with weather equally as lovely
as ours - sunshine, warmth, blue skies! We're making the most of it
as this is unusual for April, and I'm sure our normal
April showers will arrive soon!
Yesterday when I was making tomorrow's video, I was showing the dies
I was going to use from the Petals & More Thinlits, and
showed the die cuts on the back of the magnetic sheet that was holding the dies.
I made a comment about the stand-alone dies i.e.
those that don't have a co-ordinating stamps, and it occurred to me that, apart
from the long decorative die, I don't think I've played
with any of them. I decided there and then I would remedy that for
I carried on and finished recording the video, and once I'd set it up
to start downloading onto YouTube, I set about make my card.
I decided to use the large die, and die cut the branches and leaves
in Wild Wasabi Cardstock (CS), which I adhered onto a
layer of Whisper White CS. It was like looking at a blank canvas,
trying to decide where to go from here! The obvious choice was fruit,
as in the Fruit Basket Stamp Set which has four
co-ordinating punches, or flowers, like blossom, which made me
think about the two new packets of the Touches of
Nature Wood Elements that were sitting on my desk - I was off!
I chose Pink Pirouette as my co-ordinating colour, which, like Wild
Wasabi, will be retiring on 31st May 2018! I coloured the
white side of five of the small wooden daisy-like flowers using the Dark
Pink Piroutte Stampin' Blend, and then adhered them in strategic
positions using Tombow to hold them in place. Another product
I've been enjoying using recently is the Fine Tip Glue Pen,
which I used to paint over the daisies,
On three of the flowers, the glue formed beautiful mounds, and
on the other two it spread into one large covering, and went
into the centre hole as well, blocking it up! Although the
branches, leaves and blossom were looking good,
the card front needed something else i.e. more than just
a sentiment, and I thought of the three
butterflies from the Sharing Sweet Thoughts Stamp Set.
I stamped them onto a piece of Whisper White CS, using Jet
Black Stazon Ink, and I coloured them using my Wild Wasabi and
Pink Piroutte Marker Pens. To finish the card front, I fussy cut the
butterflies, and adhered them using Dimensionals. Next I adhered small
Basic Pearls in the centres of the daisies, and painted the
wood elements with a second coat of the Fine Tip Glue.
I tied a piece of retired Pink Piroutte Ribbon into a bow, around the card front,
and stamped HAPPY BIRTHDAY from the Hostess In The City
Stamp Set in Wild Wasabi at the bottom of the card front.
I had already adhered a layer of Pink Pirouette and Whisper White
Cardstock inside the card, but couldn't decorate it yet
without the risk of smudging the daisis. The final touch was
painting the three butterflies using my Wink of Stella Clear Glitter Pen!
A very pleasing card methinks!
That's about it from me today. Until tomorrow, happy crafting!