I’m going to start today’s post not with ferns but garlic! We’ve been harvesting the first of our garlic and using it ‘wet’, which only means using it straight away and not leaving it out to dry. The first bulbs I dug up were a new variety to us called Lyubasha, which is originally from the Ukraine and is quite a spicy garlic. Aside from being very tasty in itself, it’s a hardneck variety which produces flower spikes called scapes – a bonus crop if you know what to do with them.
After a quick google search, I discovered that you can make pesto with these weird curly things, using the scapes in place of basil leaves. The result was some delicious, uber-garlicky pesto. I just love bonus crops!
My card this week uses the newly released Stampin’ Up! Forever Fern stamps and the coordinating Forever Flourishing dies. Rather than standard leafy green colours, I decided on Pretty Peacock and Mint Macaron for my colour scheme. First, to make a DSP style background, I randomly stamped the various leaves onto my card using both inks and then finished with the dotty images into any gaps. I left a gap in the centre as that was where I was going to mount the focal image.
The next step was to stamp the greeting and cut out some of the foliage pieces using copper foil paper and some velum.
I arranged them behind the sentiment, cutting some of the pieces so that I could spread out the arrangement, and once I was happy, glued all the bits in place.
After mounting the background panel on a Pretty Peacock layer and Mint Macaron card base, I then added the sentiment piece on using dimensionals, adding smaller sections of dimensionals to support the leaf areas.
Poppies are synonymous with remembrance so are a perfect image for a card, the very reason of which is to let someone know you’re thinking of them. Whilst I made this a condolence card for my Mum to give to her friend who had lost her husband, it is also suitable for a birthday or thank you card.
To begin, I cut two stitched rectangles and stamped, then embossed in silver, the single poppy image and the sentiment. The image was then coloured with pencils.
Whilst I had the stamp out, I partially stamped the image again using Smoky Slate on the envelope and liner. I usually stamp these in the bottom right corner but because of the direction of the flower, I thought the left-hand side suited it better.
The Scripty folder provided the dry embossing and then I stuck a length of Tear ‘n’ Tape on to adhere my ribbon. I always get ribbon wonky so I used the grid paper to help line it up.
After sticking on my ribbon, I glued the embossed layer to a Smoky Slate layer and then mounted it on the card base. The focal element and sentiment were raised on Dimentionals.
Sadly, two of my friends have lost their Dads in the past couple of weeks, one of those being due to Covid-19. The casualty figures are harrowing but it really brings it home when it affects people you care for. So, my post this week is dedicated to Dads, wherever they may be.
The love and thought that goes into any handmade card is magnified in a condolence card. I find them difficult to design but soothing to make. For this week’s card, I used Rooted in Nature and the ever-useful Peaceful Moments for the sentiment.
To begin, I used masks and sponge daubers to create a sun and mountains for my background on Very Vanilla.
I stamped the tall tree several times using my Stamparatus to ensure a solid impression. The tree needed grounding so, using another mask, I sponge daubed Early Espresso at the base of the tree. The panel was cut out using one of the stitched rectangle dies.
One of my favourite stamps in the set, the skeleton leaf, was used for decorating the liner and envelope.
The card was finished by mounting the focal image on a Crumb Cake mat and then onto a base layer embossed with the Woodland folder (retired).
I finished my week crocheting a rainbow to hang in my window in support of our NHS workers.
As we approach the end of week 3 of lockdown, I thought a ‘thinking of you’ card might be appropriate to send to those you can’t visit at the moment. I know you can telephone and Facetime etc. to speak, but sometimes a handmade card means a lot. The monochrome colour scheme for this card makes it suitable for masculine or sympathy cards too so makes the stamp set, Stampin’ Up! High Tide, really versatile.
To begin, I stamped my images in Night of Navy ink on Whisper White card.
Whilst I waited for my image to dry, I cut a scalloped square of navy card and then used the frame to decide where I wanted my focal image and drew around the inside of the frame.
I cut out the square using my trimmer and then mounted the cut-out section onto the navy scalloped square.
I stamped some images on the liner and the envelope.
The front was mounted onto a Night of Navy card base and I used dimensionals to pop up the focal segment. The sentiment is from Peaceful Moments.
Lastly, I’ll leave you with the highlight of my garden this week – the blossom on the Conference Pear tree. It’s just stunning and the bees love it!