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.
It’s time for the new Stampin’ Up! catalogue and I’m sad to say that a lot of my favourites are out ☹ Two of my faves are the First Frost stamp set and coordinating Frosted Bouquet dies. Whilst these will be disappearing from the catalogue, they’ll not be leaving my personal collection any time soon. There are two cards on the post this week, the second one was inspired by the liner of the first! Just goes to show that inspiration comes from all sorts of places.
First, I stamped and die cut a selection of flower and leaf images and heat embossed the sentiment on a pretty label punch.
I repeat stamped the thistle image on a Mint Macaron card front and dry embossed with the Layered Leaves. At this point, I realised that the card base wouldn’t be sturdy enough so I cut it down to make the front panel of my card.
The next job was to arrange the flowers and foliage elements around the sentiment to create my focal image.
I stamped the liner and envelope by stamping the flower and then masked the flower to stamp the leaf image.
To break up the card front, I attached a strip of burlap ribbon onto a strip of Lovely Lipstick and then mounted the focal on top. The panel was then mounted onto a Lovely Lipstick card base to make a very colourful creation.
Whilst I was making the liner for the above card, I really liked the liner so decided to make a card using that design. I repeat stamped the flower and then masked the images whilst I stamped the foliage between. To finish, I added a few rhinestones.
Unfortunately, when I posted these two cards, the minute I’d dropped them in the postbox, I realised that I forgot to put stamps on the envelopes. Doh!
The Stampin’ Up! Very Versailles set is a simple, elegant set which can be used to create cards quite quickly. I think it also lends itself to a vintage look. To achieve that on my card, I simply used a sponge dauber lightly on the edges to give a slightly distressed finish.
First, I stamped the lettering twice in Smoky Slate.
Next, using Mint Macaron, I stamped the leaf image twice into the gaps.
I often find the sentiments in the sets a bit “full on” as is the case with ‘Always thinking of you’ in this set. Normally I would do a bit of surgery and cut off the ‘always’ but I was concerned that the long crossbar of the ‘t’ in ‘thinking’ would lose some support and smudge so opted to cover it instead when I inked up the stamp. Then I removed the cover and stamped my sentiment.
The last job was to build my card by mounting the front onto a Mint Macaron mat and then onto a thick Whisper White card base and adding some self-adhesive sequins.
Happy New Year! I hope that you had a good time over the festive season. I was working a night shift on New Year’s Eve but since I was working with Mr L, it was OK. This week I’ve been playing with my new toy I had for Christmas – one of those ‘To me, from me’ gifts!! It’s a Cricut Maker cutting machine. After my friend lent me hers for a couple of weeks, I had to have one. I started by cutting out some vinyl letters to put on the festive radiator bed I made for Leia. So cute!
There’s a lot to learn to get the most out of it, in particular how to use the Design Space to create the projects. To practice ‘slicing’, I decided to make some window templates for my card making. The beauty of this is that the shapes can be lined up and cut accurately. I tried the template with circles, squares, hearts, stars and rectangles.
For my card, I used the square template and applied Blackberry Bliss ink with a sponge dauber.
Once the ink was dry, I stamped the skeleton leaf from the Rooted in Nature bundle with Versamark, applied silver embossing powder and heat set it.
The sentiment was added and the front mounted onto a Blackberry Bliss card base. The leaf was stamped onto the liner and envelope.
I used the cut outs to make my other card, using a different leaf from the set, heat embossed using copper embossing powder and mounted onto Mint Macaron squares.
Yes, I know it’s only August and your eyes are not deceiving you – this is a Christmas card! If you’re making all of your own cards for the festive season, it’s better to get started early rather than be frantically crafting in the middle of December to meet the Post Office’s last posting dates. Ask me how I know this!
The Dashing Deer stamp set and matching Detailed Deer Thinlits are the perfect set for creating quick but stunning cards. I really enjoyed getting busy with the glitter again too!!
The first step was to stamp each of the deer using Night of Navy ink and cut them out with the matching dies.
I made a ‘snowbank’ by ripping a strip of Whisper White card and then ran a thin line of glue along the torn edge and applied glitter. I stamped the greeting in navy on the bottom of the snowbank.
Next I embossed a piece of Smoky Slate using the Woodland embossing folder. I glued right-hand half the snowbank to the background.
I wanted the solid deer to be in the background behind the snowbank, but I didn’t want the head of the one eating to disappear. Attaching half the snowbank allowed me to glue the deer into the correct spot. Once they were in position, the remaining section of snowbank was stuck down.
Lastly, the background was adhered to a Night of Navy card base and the patterned deer, mounted on Dimensionals, was placed just above the greeting. I love how the solid deer seems to be looking in awe the patterned guy – he is magnificent though!
The Same But Different
I was really pleased with how this card turned out so I thought I’d try recreating it in various other colour schemes and using slightly different backgrounds. This is another one in the original style, this time using Rococo Rose, a rather non-traditional Christmas colour (unless you’re in Next! 😉).
Vellum works really well in embossing folders so makes for great backgrounds. The challenge is getting it adhered successfully as the glue shows through. You need to either have a pattern on it to glue behind or add a decorative element on top to cover the glue.
For the background for these two, I used some snowflake printed vellum that I’ve had in my stash for donkey’s years! I put lots of glue behind the snow bank and deer and then tiny dots in the centre of the snowflakes, which wasn’t entirely successful but just about looks OK.
My next two feature my own printed vellum. I used White Stazon ink and the tiny snowflakes from last year’s Snow is Glistening limited release set. This vellum is thicker so the glue isn’t as obvious.
For the last pair, I eschewed the embossing folder and instead used the silver birch tree trunks stamp from Winter Woods. When using this stamp, a deeper snow bank is required to cover up the bottom edge of the trunks as it looks a bit weird otherwise. The card on the bottom has no separate snow bank: I just ran the glue along the bottom edge of the trunks and added glitter. It was more difficult to get the deer to be in the background with this one; I had to chop off their feet! 😮
I really like trying out these ‘same but different’ ideas. Sometimes they work, sometimes not, but you can inadvertently discover a stunning combination when playing around like this. I really like all of them and can’t choose a favourite. Which one’s your favourite?