Monday, 20 August 2018

Botanical Tags Thinlits

Hello, Crafters.

I've been wanting to use the birds die from this set for quite 
some time, but just couldn't decide how! Today I challenged 
myself to get on to see if I could come up with something,
and I'm really pleased with the result. 

The three main dies in this set scream out to be used for book
 marks, although the flower and the geometric design can 
also be used for cards, because they have an extra die to cut
 the bottom part off. I started by die cutting the birds part, and
 then cut straight across the bottom with a view to putting it
 into a" picture frame" to make a card. 
However, I just couldn't get away from thinking about a book mark 
- maybe I'll come back to the picture frame idea! - so I cut a strip
 of Smokey Slate Cardstock (CS) which measured 6.5" x a tad under 2". 
I punched a decorative edge using the Scalloped Tag Topper. Then
 I took a strip of Blushing Bride CS which measured 6" x 2.5", and 
die cut the bird image as close to the top as possible, which
 allowed me to rest the pink on the grey and let my imagination go! 

I had to trim the Blushing Bride CS strip down to fit the Smokey Slate CS, which meant I also cut off two leaves - one on each side - as they were protruding over the edge!
I know there are occasions when I make a project and I end up
 using four or five different stamp sets, but as a general rule
 I do try and restrict myself to one set. I was successful with 
today's project! I used the Botanical Bliss Stamp Set and the 
co-ordinated Botanical Tags Thinlits Dies!
My golden rule for making book marks is they must be flat, i.e. no
 bows, Basic Rinestones or Pearl's, etc.,  There was an "embossed"
 line across the pink book mark which I covered using a strip of
 our Very Vanilla Lace Ribbon. I decided to use the same lace at the
 top of the book mark, and adhered it in place using one Glue Dot. 
Using Smokey Slate Ink and Blushing Bride CS, I stamped and
 fussy cut the flower in the stamp set. After I had adhered the four
 branches, I trimmed the ends off so I could adhere the fussy
 cut flower on top without having a large bump underneath it! LOL!
I was really pleased with the result and really wanted to
 finish off with a Basic Pearl in the centre of the flower, but this 
was not an option, so I added some Fine Tip Glue in the centre of
 the flower and allowed it to dry. Maybe I now have a design that I 
can transfer to a greeting card?? Time will tell! 

I hope you've enjoyed today's project, and maybe you'll give it
 a try! ☺ Until tomorrow, happy crafting.



  1. What an elegant bookmark! I think that would make a person smile every single time, they picked up their book again! It's beautiful! The dies of course are gorgeous too, along with the stamped flower and embellishments. LOVELY!!

  2. Hi, Geraldine. I think the die does most of the work on this! It's so gorgeous. Now I'll see what I can come up with for the other two dies! ☺ Happy crafting, JanB., I