As you can tell, I'm getting back into the swing of things with this blogging, and enjoying writing and sharing again. Maybe I'll have to schedule in craft free weeks now and again so I can have a rest from it! I absolutely love it though (can you tell) but sometimes my brain gets a bit overloaded with ideas and plans etc etc that it gets a bit much. Any of you other crafters out there ever feel like that?
Today I'm sharing a card with you that uses the Clearly For You stamp set. I loved this set when it first came out, and my friend/customer (now downline) Kylie bought it, and I've had my eye on using it for a while. We joked the other day about how we needed to live closer to each other to share each others craft stash, and when we're retired widows, we're going to share a granny flat with a Stampin' Up! craft room in the middle. Sounds great! Hahah!
This card is for a friend of mine, and I wanted to make something a little vintagey, and classy. I used Always Artichoke, Very Vanilla and Crumb Cake for this card. I used the 1-1/4" (3.2cm) Square Punch to cut out the tiles, some of which were stamped first, and others stamped after. That's one of the great things about using punches and stamps, you can line the punch up over the image to make sure it's lined up correctly, or cutting the exact area that is wanted. I love all the stamps in the set, the birds, the butterflies and the ladybirds, it's hard to say which is my favourite. I used the Sponge Daubers around the edge of the tiles with the Always Artichoke ink, to soften the edges. Using one of the techniques I learnt at the recent Beautiful Bows class, I made a bow with the Very Vanilla satin ribbon, held together with a Antique Brad to the bottom of the card, adding an extra bit of glamour.
I love this card, and I'll be recreating it again soon, and the beauty of it is that it can be done with many different stamp sets. Watch this space!