Hi lovelies… hope you are well this Sunday morning. I am fine, may have consumed a little more wine last night than strictly wise, but after a face mask this morning I at least look hunan again!
This morning I am contemplating exercise…. I think the hubby has popped for a walk after his trip to the tip this morning to dispose of excess boxes from our house. We are doing a step challenge again this weekend so I think he is trying to compete with the fact I was several thousand steps ahead at the end of yesterday… I don’t mind if he wins this weekend… if it means he actually got off his bum for a while and did a bit of exercise! So maybe I will sit and drink my coffee and not do a little workout whilst he is out? Decisions, decisions!
This afternoon the teenager and I are going to watch Anola Holmes. She’s already seen it but I want to watch it to, so a bit of a blanket session on the couch is planned, before hubby then gets the couch and TV for some football match… I think at that point crafting may happen! Talking of which…
Today I have three ATCs I made yesterday for the UK stampers forum swap using the fab Saleabration Berry Blessinga stamp set.
The theme of the swap was the blues and it had to be using shades of blue with black and white.
I chose to coat the ATCs cut from packaging with some Baltic Blue paperartsy chalk acrylic paint and then dragged the Mermaid colour over the top using a fan brush. Once it had dried I did a bit of stamping in a bright turquoise ink over the top but it didn’t show up very well.
Next I took pieces of scrap fabric and stapled them together with blue staples. I also had some blue and white twine I added into the mix.
I then stamped and cut out three sprigs with blueberries from the stamp set, just using the shading stamps and Night of Navy ink.
I added these on top of the fabric to create a cluster and adhered it to the ATC background.
Next I stamped from the Itty Bitty Sentiments set the little sentiment panels and added ink to the edges and a glossy accents top to give them dimension.
Finally I grabbed some gems from the stash to add to the background.
Love how these turned out… a really enjoyable play with blues!
I actually made this birthday card for my Stampin Up upline whose birthday was the 1st Jan and I figured a pretty and bright wreath card with lots of flowers would be the best way to start the new year and celebrate her birthday!
I used the fabulous and bright Magenta Madness cardstock and then embossed the Arrange a Wreath onto the background using silver embossing powder. Next I added lots of die cut leaf sprigs that I had in the stash having cut them from scraps leftover from other projects. I used soft sea foam, Pear Pizazz and some mint macaron for the leaves and then added the yellow and white flowers to finish the wreath.
I edged the panel with a bit of dry embossing too as I felt it needed something for a frame.
I decided to add some All the Trimmings enamel dots and then embossed the sentiment from Itty Bitty Greetings onto the pink with a layer of pear pizazz to finish off!
Oh and a twine bow from the stash too of course!
So off to see what everyone else at HLS has been up to with dies.
Todays blog post nearly didn’t happen… I went into the craft room, found a bomb had hit so decided to tidy up… if you enjoy such things the video is going to be on YouTube when I’ve edited it… I will pop the link in once it’s up and running!
Anyway after tidying up I wasn’t sure what to make… I did however spot on the bookcase some of the Whale of a Time bits and pieces and recided today was the day to make a turtle card for my friend.
I used a couple of different papers and then a stitched shape die for the circle. The turtle was fussy cut out of another piece of the patterned paper and then added some little die cuts from the stash (I have a little tin in which I keep leftover dies from other projects… perfect for little makes like this!).
I decided the sentiment from Itty Bitty Greetings would work well – my friend gifted me a lovely bottle of gin, hence the card.
I finished off with the gems which are beautiful and iridescent and work perfectly with the ocean feel!
So there you go… it turned out to be a quick project for todays Stampin Up Sunday… but I love it!
Yup I’ve spent some time digging into the Projects Half Done box and finishing them off.
Most of these were made about 3 months ago but never stuck down or with sentiments added… and then put away in the box as I needed to tidy up and so forgotten about.
I think they were a project using a template to get the most out of 6×6 patterned paper, but to be honest I can’t really remember. But it is using the fabulous Everything Rosy kit and then a few different sentiments either from Itty Bitty Greetings or Forever Flourishing.
So I ended up with seven cards in total… all lovely and all different! And boy does it make a change from all the Christmas themed projects I have been blogging about!
There are two where I took close ups to show a couple of fun things off…
This first one … the reverse of the little doilies I added into the cards… these were coloured with bright colours on one side but white on the reverse… perfect for adding to any project regardless of colour scheme. Also on this photo Love the rose gold foil elements!
And this second close up shows the embossing I did in the background of the card using a pearlescent embossing powder… how elegant is this? And works perfectly again with any colour scheme! Might try this technique again where there is a lot of white space behind the main card topper. Helps that the stamps coordinate with the papers of course!