Clean and Simple Stamping, and then today, it all suddenly became clear!
Here's what I came up with:
I loved making this card - and it took very little time to make! It might look as if I've spent hours stamping those plants onto a carefully distressed old book page but it's actually part of one of the beautiful Botanical Gazette papers. I bought them to use for scrapbooking, as lots of my photos are taken in the countryside, but I've completely fallen in love with them and can see they'll be featuring on many of my cards too!
I layered some torn Not Quite Navy card stock over the paper and knotted linen thread around it - I don't think I could live without this stuff! The sentiment is from Plane and Simple and has definitely become my most used 'happy birthday' sentiment!
Here's my butterfly! It's yet another gorgeous image from my favourite set in the mini catalogue - Nature Walk (big fanfare here!) It's hovering here ready to get some nectar from that primula, but it's probably slightly confused about the black and white nature of the plant!
Here's how to make this card:
- Take an A5 piece of Confetti Cream card stock. Score and fold it in half to make a card base.
- Choose a part of the Botanical Gazette designer paper with some type and some plant images. Cut a piece about 12cm x 8.5cm.
- Cut a piece of Not Quite Navy card stock and tear it on the diagonal. Layer this over the paper.
- Stamp a sentiment in Basic Black ink using a stamp-a-majig to make sure it's straight.
- Place a length of linen thread above the sentiment and wrap around the card several times, finishing with a simple knot.
- Mount the panel onto a 12.75cm x 8.75cm piece of Basic Black card stock and attach to the card front.
- Stamp the butterfly from Nature Walk in Basic Black ink on a scrap of Confetti Cream card stock. Let it dry (blast with a heat gun if you're in a hurry - which I always am!) before colouring it with a blender pen and Rich Razzleberry and More Mustard inks. Cut the butterfly out with sharp paper snips and fix to the card front with a dimensional or two.
Stamps: Nature Walk, Plane and Simple (sentiment)
Ink: Basic Black, Rich Razzleberry, More Mustard
Card stock: Confetti Cream, Basic Black, Not Quite Navy
Other: Botanical Gazette designer paper, linen thread
Yesterday my oldest son went for a trial at a local cricket club. The club he belonged to last year isn't running a team in his age group this year but he's keen to carry on with the sport. At the end of the session, I met up with the coach to hear the verdict and, let me tell you, Simon Cowell couldn't have strung me along better! " I'm really sorry..." he began and I immediately had a vision of myself trying to comfort a brave but distraught son. "I don't think..." he continued (as I kept my eyes fastened painfully onto his face) "...we can offer your son..." (he is going to be so disappointed, I'm thinking) "... many games this season, but we'll do our best and he's very welcome to join us for coaching every week!" I'd nearly collapsed with the tension by the this point and had to have a stiff glass of wine to revive! Needless to say, my son had simply assumed he'd get in and took the whole thing in his stride!
Thank you so much to everyone that left comments for me last week - I am bowled over by them and always return your visit if you have a contactable blog or email address.
Have a fun weekend!