Thursday 18 May 2023

Garden Theme

 Over at We Love Stamping the theme this month is **anything stamped with a garden option**.and I've come up with this garden gate scene where the wording and all of the floral sprays have been stamped.  Flowers and foliage were coloured with watercolour pencils and then die cut.  The wall was embossed using a 3D embossing folder and then touched lightly with a white ink pad to give a little accent to the bricks.

Brick Wall - embossing folder from Stampin' Up
Sky background - printed paper using download from a magazine offer
Scene - built up using stamps and dies from Graces Garden  Stampin' Up (retired)
Colouring - Inktense pencils with water brush

Sunday 14 May 2023

Snippets Challenge #454

 It is said that great minds think alike and it so happens that the inspiration card for the Snippets Playground challenge this time has been made using strips  die cut from snippets of patterned paper.  There is also a fabulous prize of two very snippet friendly dies which will help the lucky winner to make good use of their snippets..  My card has also used strips of paper but mine were left-overs of various widths all from the same paper pad.  I keep any snippets with their matching paper pads as they often come in useful and I know where I can find them if needed.  The strips were simply glued onto a snippet of red card, leaving varying gaps between them and once the glue was dry I used a die to cut out a heart, using another snippet of the same red card for the larger scalloped heart.I then took a fresh sheet of paper from the pad (has to be done) to cut a square slightly smaller than the card blank - popping the offcuts back into the pad for future use of course 😉.  I was undecided about a sentiment and settled for 'congratulations' which could cover anniversaries or maybe an engagement - more snippets used here and the backing layer was made by drawing around the die and then fussy cutting because this one was just a stand-alone word with no matching background.

Heart dies - from Tonic and also Papermania
Sentiment - Crafter's Companion
Paper Pad - an old one with a variety of texts pages in black and white from Papermania