Monday, 16 April 2018

Ribbon of Courage

Hello, Crafters.

I hope you've enjoyed a relaxing weekend. 

Today's card is another one that was inspired by a swap I received at OnStage  a couple of weekends ago.

My finished card doesn't have the same clean look as the swap, but I'm still happy with how it turned out!
The swap was made by Barbara Hill; so many thanks for the inspiration, Barbara. 

I chose Sweet Sugarplum as my colour, and decided to follow Barbara's card except for drawing the lines round the outside. 

As I struggle with straight lines anyway, I didn't want to try and get wavy lines that looked professionally drawn, and without allowing my pen to blob because I hesitated!  LOL!

I decided to go through my dies to find a shape I could draw along, like a scallop edge!

I came across the Detailed Santa Thinlits Dies - this will be retiring on 31st May 2018 - that has a strip similar to the one I used from the Swirly Snowflakes Thinlits Dies.

The difference is that the "holes" are short slanted "holes"rather than plain circle holes! 

I considered drawing along the edge of the trellis-like strip die in the Flourish Thinlits Dies, and I also considered die cutting the little strip of leaves in the Little Loves Framelits Dies!  
Another possibility I found was a different trellis-like die in the Petals and More Thinlits Dies, and another scallop edge in the Popcorn Box Thinlits Dies - this will also be retiring at the end of May!

The Swirly Snowflakes Thinlits Dies is being carried forward to the new catalogue, together with the co-ordinating Snowflakes Sentiments Stamp Set. 

To cut the line of holes on my Whisper White layer, I positioned the die along the edge, cranked it through the Big Shot, and did the same to the next three sides.
When I laid this on the Sweet Sugarplum layer, I thought the holes were too close to the edges, and tried again! 

This time, I measured in at 1/8" on all four sides, and cut all four sides again. 

This time I was much happier, but rather than discarding the first Whisper White layer, I used it as a layer inside the card, so you could see what it looked like, and you could decide which you preferred!

The other products I used on my card include the Rose Gold Foil Paper for the layer under the top, and the Ruched Ribbon that was available during the first year Sweet Sugarplume came in as an InColour!

The heart I adhered inside the card is the same as the small heart on the sentiment on the front of the card!

I hope you like today's card, and maybe you'll give it a go! ☺

That's about it from me today, so until tomorrow, happy crafting.



  1. Really a lovely result, Jan. I've not seen very many people use that particular die and I love it! You really do go all out, repeating it for the inside,(even if it wasn't originally planned that way; your recipient won't know!) jus that it has paid off beautifully!! TFS

    1. He, Geraldine. It amazes me the number of little gems - stamps, dies, etc - we have that are never shown to their true potential. I thought about uses this die strip of holes when I first saw it but have only just used it! ☺ Happy crafting. JanB.

  2. You're so right! I've often thought the very same, this one being just one such gem!