Oh I do like a good wreath! And what a stunning one in the new Clearly Besotted On Your Day set :D I will be peeking projects using the new sets over the next few days and the release will go live at 10pm UK time (5pm EST) on 05 March. You will be able to find the new sets when they release over at Clearly Besotted and Simon Says Stamp.
The wreath is stamped twice on white card, once in Fog and once in Smoke and then cut out with the matching die. The two are then layered one over the other so a few Smoke leaves peek out from behind the Fog. I knew I wanted to include the gorgeous wheat heads in the wreath, stamping the large and small images in Sunshine, cutting them out with the matching die and tucking them in among the leaves of the wreath.
To finish the wreath I simply added a couple of enamel dots and a twine bow before stamping the Congratulations sentiment in Slate ink on the top folding card base :D Oh one final, final touch was to add a few touches of a Gelly Roll glitter pen to the leaves (you can see this better in the top photo) :D
It’s been a while since I made something so true to CAS and boy this style still excites me!
Stephanie will no doubt have created a wonderful bunch of inspiration as well as having links to the rest of the Design Team and our guests for March – Lucy Abrams, Jen Nelson, Jo Nevill and Nicole Picadura :D Please give them some Clearly Besotted love :D
Links will be updated after 10pm UK time on 05 March when the new sets go live :D
Stamps – Clearly Besotted on your day; Dies Clearly Besotted on your day; Inks – Simon Says Stamp fog, smoke, slate, sunshine Card – Neenah solar white 80lb, 110lb; Twine – Lawn Fawn cloudy; Sakura gelly pen; Enamel Dots
There’s a video later in this post – I know, quite the rarity around here at the moment LOL. I couldn’t resist though; have you seen all the deliciousness coming out of Waffle Flower recently?! Take, for example, this gorgeous Potted set; perfectly on the succulent/cacti trend and begging out to be watercolored! I took my colour inspiration from a Waffle Flower Blog Post which highlighted gorgeous ways succulents are being used at the moment. In fact this post is over on Waffle Flower too :D
I took a deep breath and hoped I didn’t mess up as I stamped the sweet ‘miss you’ sentiment from the set in Versafine Onyx Black. I added a few sequins and mounted the panel on a Fog card base. As a final touch I made a toning envelope too which hopefully brings out the colour of the terracotta pot :D
You can see more of the details in the video below :D
The new release dies are all so gorgeous I didn’t know which way to turn, but the classic Katharine Cutaways won my heart – tags, banners, panels with edge details ….. so many options packed into this one set :D I cut the tag from watercolour card, stamped and masked a couple of the images from The Big, The Bold & Party set in Versamark and gold heat embossed. I used my favourite Gansai Tambi watercolours to give a loose teal watercolour wash behind and a pop of pink and orange for the details of the paper lanterns.
I used one of the large rectangle dies with pierced edge detail to cut some patterned paper and mounted the tag on top. By this point I’d threaded the tag with American Crafts twine and added some of the Pretty Pink Posh speciality mix sequins specially designed for Winnie & Walter’s birthday :D I used a little of the paper to cut a banner and stamped the greeting from the Sugar Rush set in Hot Lips mounted it over the tag and then placed everything on a Fog card base :D
For my next card I wanted to use the negative space of the In A Word Happy Cutaway – such a fabulous die to add to any project but also the die leaves this great negative space to play with and in that space I wanted to pile in more of those gorgeous sequins :D I backed some patterned paper with white card to give support and then cut the In A Word Happy Cutaway from it. I’ve kept the positive part of the die to use on a future project. The remaining negative portion was a little too big for the Katharine Cutaways tag die, however, by partially cutting the tag, shifting it along and cutting again, I was able to create a larger tag to fit :D
Watercolour: Stamps – Winnie & Walter the big the bold and party, sugar rush; Dies – Winnie & Walter katherine cutaways; Card – Tim Holtz distress water colour card, Simon Says Stamp fog; Ink – Versamark, Simon Says Stamp hot lips; Paper – Heidi Swapp hello today; Embossing Powder – Simon Says Stamp gold; Watercolours – Kuretake Zig Gansai Tambi; Twine – American Crafts basics; Sequins – Pretty Pink Posh – Winnie & Walter 1st birthday bash mix
Shaker: Stamps – Winnie & Walter the big, the bold and party; Dies – Winnie & Walter katherine cutaways, in a word happy cutaway; Card – Simon Says Stamp doll pink, audrey blue, Neenah solar white 80lb; Paper – Lawn Fawn let’s polka, hello sunshine; Ink – Versamark; Embossing Powder – Simon Says Stamp white; Ribbon; Twine – American Crafts basics collection; Sequins – Pretty Pink Posh Winnie & Walter 1st birthday bash
Congratulations Michele! Simon will be in touch :D
So I’m a little behind at the moment. Ok, that’s stretching the truth slightly, I’ve been a little behind since Christmas! However, I’m feeling more energised and getting on top of things; maybe it’s the thought of spring just around the corner :D I’ve got a couple of projects to share later in the week (here’s a sneaky peek of one in progress), but for now, how about a few links to inspire and enable ;)
I’m having great fun with the Hop To It release from Simon Says Stamp. What’s your favourite?
Did you see Jennifer’s review on the different ways to add foil to your projects? Foil was all the rage at CHA :D
I’m definitely in therapeutic colouring mode at the moment! There are so many cute images in the new Hop To It release from Simon Says Stamp :D Today’s card uses the Slumber Party set with matching Girls’ Night dies which are so absolutely adorable! I stamped the little girl in Memento Tuxedo Black and Copic coloured her in the image of my daughter – green eyes, auburn hair and she loves purple so the PJs had to be purple! It was interesting with her hair, I’m not sure on the correct way to colour auburn hair but when you look closely at my daughter’s hair it has so many colours running though it to create the overall shade. I enjoyed experimenting and started with some warm YR colours as a base and then layered deeper browns in the E55-59 range over the top. The result is quite close I think so I was happy enough. I did add some Wink of Stella over her hair, partly to replicate the way the sun catches the colours in auburn hair and well, if you are having a slumber party then a bit of sparkle never goes amiss! Pictures never capture Wink of Stella very well so I took a video on my phone and shared it on Instagram.
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