Today I went back to work after about 7 weeks off sick. I can’t say that I was looking forward to getting in but my team made it easy for me to adjust to work again.
Anyway… As back at work I have a catch up post for you!
Last month I shared with you my Birds ATC’s made for a swap amongst friends… This months theme is Summer … And although the swap was for July I actually made these in June as I enjoyed making the June ones so much I was inspired!
I started in much the same fashion, with using a playing card as a template onto watercolour paper, and some watercolour paints… But this time a sunny yellow sun!
… Well ok, more of a sunny yellow corner!!!
As I was doing this, I was losing confidence in my watercolouring skills … Mainly due to the tools I had to hand, so when I got back to my desk, I grabbed stamps instead!
Out came the fabulous hello Doily stamp, and some Daffodil Delight ink… And a pretty patterned sun was born!
I added the random summer word stamping along the bottom in the Calypso Coral and cut out the little topper.
Next to think about a base. I decided on this fabulous Gumball Green patterned paper from Print Poetry DSP stack which I have had for a while and not touched!
I thought the addition of the washi tape also added a little more to the topper. Then to choose the feature. Well flowers are always fun, but though rather than plumping for my current favourite flowers … Petite petals … I would use the ones from Language of Friendship with the Boho Blossoms punch as I rarely use these and they are cute. I also punched the leaves with the Builder Bird punch.
I finished off with a dot of stickles for the flowers and then mounted them onto Pumpkin Pie cardstock and rounded the corners (& of course added the ATC stamp on the back for the title).
The next months theme is time so going to try different techniques this month… No watercolour paper in sight!
Hello there dear blog reader! Hoping your Monday has been splendid! Mine hasn’t exactly been splendid as once again I negotiate the crap that is depression. But I am determined to get better and not continue in this slump so I went for a run, lay in the garden in the sunshine and had fun playing with some colour! So tonight it’s a bit of a bumper post which should hopefully make you happy even if it’s just looking at pretty colours!
This weeks colour is a lovely calm, serene and sophisticated colour … Which doesn’t mean I kept it that way!
I must admit I do like a purple. Not 100% sure Stamping Up have got a purple that’s perfect for me yet, but do love all the shades of purple they have given us and I pretty much put them all on these cards with some extra pink for good measure. See not so much sophisticated or calm and serene!
And yes … I did say cards!
I did a bit of a one sheet wonder with some Whisper White and made four cards in total with a piece of 7×7″! Here they all are with decorated envelopes for good measure too!
So I stated with some Wisteria Wonder and stamped the Dictionary stamp randomly all over the cardstock. Then added the Rich razzleberry Hello Doily stamp. Next up wa the flourish stamp from the Bliss stamp set. I fell in love with this Sale a bration set at the first SU card class I went to of my friend Helen’s … And this stamp is the reason why! Anyway, this is stamped in Perfect Plum. Finally I added some dots from the Gorgeous Grunge stamp set in the bright Melon Mambo!
This then was the paper I created and then cut into panels to create the four card toppers. I layered them with the mat of the Perfect Plum and then created base panels with some of the retired Pretty in pink cardstock as a contrast.
Next I stamped a lot of butterflies from the Papillion Pot Pourri set and punched them out with coordinating punches. I stamped in the Perfect Plum and then coloured them with both the same ink and the Melon Mambo to give them different effects.
The sentiments were stamped from the For my Family stamp set and used the Word Window punch to punch them out and layer them up on the cards. The card blanks were ready made 6×6″ ones, and of course I added some bling!
Next I decided to decorate the envelopes with a little bit of a coordinating look. I used the same stamps and same colours to create the envelopes.
So a bumper post for this CMM! Hope you enjoyed!
It is a running joke that I can’t follow instructions and always end up doing something different from the rest of the class. Well fortunately Helen is quite relaxed about this and hasn’t got an issue with my completely mucking stuff up and then doing something different as a result!
So it will be of no surprise that I didn’t quite do what Helen was suggesting for this page!
Helen’s guide layout was …
And at the end of my class this was my layout …
Today I started to actually finish it off… But somewhere along the way a piece of DSP has gone missing… Not really a surprise considering the mess in the craft room having made it back into a bedroom for my parents… So I had to make some changes! Of course!
So here is where I ended up!
So a change to Very vanilla cardstock and stamped on it the fabulous Hello Doily stamp in Crisp Canteloupe and then placed the other two pieces of DSP onto the base.
Otherwise I pretty much kept it similar but I do have one little detail to note… I did some sewing! I sewed the Elasticated fringe ribbon onto some cardstock to keep it straight before sewing it down. I do love this knicker elastic as it has been fondly nicknamed in our group of crafters, but it is so difficult to stick down straight due to its elasticity… Apparently sewing it to cardstock works though.
My final touches were that of glitter … Courtesy of ‘champagne’ stickles added to the wooden embellishment and to the little punched circles.
So I hope Helen is her usual relaxed self about today’s layout and likes how I changed it! I must admit I love it!