I loved making this week’s card for our friend that had her first baby recently. I don’t have a lot of use for stamps aimed at making children’s cards but I bought the Baby Bear set as you’re never too old for a teddy bear! This is a retired stamp set but I’ve kept mine as I really like that bear and how he comes to life with the three layers of ink. I’ve also got a couple of handy tips on repeat stamping and extending the use of dies.
This was a bigger card than usual as I wanted it to be a square Z-fold card. I fancied a gingham style background but didn’t have anything in my stash that was pink so used the Buffalo Check background stamp and some Rococo Rose ink. The stamp was a little small for my background so I used the Stamparatus to do some repeat stamping. I first stamped the check background and marked an arrow on my grid paper where the edge of the stamp came to. Next, I moved the card so that the left-hand edge of the stamped image lined up with the arrow (1) and then stamped again (2). This then gave me a bigger stamped image to centre my cut out.
Next, I stamped the three bear images in 1. Sahara Sand, 2. Crumb Cake and 3. Early Espresso.
To add a bit of extra dimension to him, I applied some fine-tipped glue to his nose and eyes and set aside to dry. This gave his eyes and nose a shiny finish.
I used the sentiments from the set and a stitched rectangle die. This worked fine for the first sentiment but was too short for the second. However, a way to get more from your dies is to only partially cut the die by lining up the top cutting plate before the end of the die. The Big Shot won’t cut where there’s no top plate leaving a partially cut shape. Then simply move the die to the end of the sentiment and repeat the process on the other end of the die.
I mounted the pieces on a Rococo Rose base layer, the gingham layer and the bear on top, adorned with a pink bow.
The inside was layered the same way. Here’s the bird’s eye view of the finished Z-fold.
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.
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!
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.
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!