A Week of Firsts

Here we are at the end of the 4th week of lockdown in the UK and it’s presented me with a few firsts.  My first new experience was to cut Mr L’s hair! Now, I’ve never cut anyone’s hair before but I’ve watched our hairdresser cut Mr L’s hair many times.  She makes it look so easy.  It isn’t!  It took me a while but we got there in the end and Mr L still has both ears!

#covidhaircut

My second ‘first’ was to attempt to make naan breads.  I’d made my favourite dhal recipe when I noticed a naan bread recipe in the same book and, since we had all the ingredients, I though I’d have a bash.  They were not quite like the restaurant ones but were delicious nonetheless.

My third ‘first’ was an introduction to a technique called Inlaid Embossing.  Amanda (from Inspiring Inkin’) showed this on her Facebook crafting group this week and it looked interesting.

To begin, I used the ½”, ¾” and 1” circle punches to cut a mix of circles in 3 coordinating colours.

These were glued randomly onto my mat layer and any overhanging edges trimmed off.

I then put the pieces into embossing folders and ran them through the Big Shot to create a textured background.

I didn’t want to overwhelm the background as that was the main feature so I used some polka dot ribbon and a butterfly from Stampin’ Up! Butterfly Gala.

My second card featured burlap ribbon and a tree from Rooted in Nature.

 

 

 

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A Trio of Textures

My challenge to myself this week was to make a masculine card.  I used the skeleton leaves from Stampin’ Up! Rooted In Nature for my background design but didn’t fancy the trees as the focal image.  Instead I opted to make the sentiment the focal image and add interest with texture with heat and dry embossing.

First, I random stamped the skeleton leaves with Versamark, added copper whisperembossing powder and heat set.  Texture 1 complete!

The second texture was created by using copper glimmer paper and the hammered metal 3D embossing folder.  The third was Old Olive paper and the Subtle embossing folder.

Many of the Stampin’ Up! sentiments are quite scripty and not necessarily what I would use for a bloke’s card; I prefer thick brush script or block lettering.  Instead, I used an Avery Elle set which always makes me smile.  I stamped with Early Espresso ink and then applied clear embossing powder over the top to give some extra oomph since it was the focal element.

The last job was to assemble, using lots of wet glue to glue those textures together.  I added a small strip from the Old Olive layer and popped the sentiment up on dimensionals.

 

 

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Thoughtful Blooms

The weather here in the south of the UK has been particularly dismal for the past few weeks.  The eternally grey and rainy skies have really been getting me down so to cheer myself up, I thought I’d make a bright, happy, flowery card.  My stamp set of choice was the freebie from Sale-A-Bration called Thoughtful Blooms and the matching punch.

I decided to do a gate-fold design so cut my card base from Lovely Lipstick and some Whisper White panels to decorate the front sections and inside.  The flowers and foliage were stamped using Lovely Lipstick and Old Olive inks.

These panels were stuck onto the card base after attaching a strip of ribbon for some added texture and interest.

The single flowers were cut out with the punch.  To give them extra dimension, I used my ball tool and the foam mat from my Stamparatus to curve the flowers.

I added a medium sized rhinestone in the centre of the flowers and glued them on top of some of the flowers on the front of the card.  I also made a bow for the centre of the ribbon.

The last job was to add a sentiment which I took from the S-A-B freebie set Sending You Thoughts.

The front when the ‘gates’ are folded in.

 

 

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