Monday, 2 January 2012

If friends were flowers......

....I'd pick you. How appropriate that sentiment is - thank you to so many who hopped in here and commented on The Snippets Challenge over the past couple of days. And people are already joining in - brilliant - and so good to know that the great initiative started by Jules lives on!

So, today's card is with all of you in mind:

I have a little friend called Dee, who doesn't have her own blog as yet as she doesn't have the spare time. She regularly peeks in here but rarely comments - mostly as her peeks are done from the office and she can't linger :) We swop stash and a little while back some Prima 'Annalee' papers arrived here out of the blue from Dee. They are beautiful, but some are much too nice to chop about and cover up or detract from too much - hence the lack of an image today as I think the sentiment says it all.

I used:

- 6" x 6" square ivory linen card stock

- papers - all from the Prima 'Annalee' set (thank you again Dee!)

- Martha Stewart lacy edge punch

- pearls (by Prima) from stash

- stamped sentiment, cut using a Labels Eight Nesties die

How weird is this - there is absolutely nothing on that wood mounted sentiment to say who makes it. It's totally bare, nude, unmarked! I know I bought it years and years ago - probably from Hobbycraft before I discovered the joys and ease of online shopping :)

I think I might have mentioned this tip before - I stamped the sentiment and then, using low-tack tape fixed the die in place cutting side down onto the sentiment to position it centrally before turning it over and running it though the Cuttlebug. I then left the cut out piece of card in the die and on the back carefully ran an embossing stylus right round the inner edge of the card/die. It saves getting your embossing 'tan' mat out and works well for most dies. Some more intricate and lacy ones do benefit from using the mat - but I like a short cut if there's one to be had :)

Thank you again for calling by and for all your lovely comments!



Sarn said...

Lovely feminine (and friendly) card there Di!

I use the same technique for getting an embossed edge. It's just SOOO much easier.


Anj said...

I dont have a cuttlebug but have seen them demonstrated - its a good idea Di, i always thort it was a bit faffy having to put it through twice. Lovely paper! x

Laura said...

This is a really pretty card Di, I love the backing papers.
Laura x

Amanda said...

Fab card Di, I never seem to be able to make a card without an image, I love this look and the sentiment is perfect. Hugs, Amanda x

Irene said...

Hello Di

What a stunning card, with such gorgeous paper it's beautiful. I don't blame you for not covering it up. The sentiment is just perfect. Thanks for the tips.


Sandra H said...

Hi Di, Another stunning card and thank you its just perfect the papers are gorgeous and the sentiment says it all your a true trooper Di carry on with the good work:) Sandra H

Anonymous said...

the background paper you have used is SOOO're quite right, nothing else is needed!!! Beautiful card Di..xx

Peggy said...

Not at work today,Di so able to say what a fab card. I love to see your take on the goodies we swap and you never disappoint.I wish you a healthy, happy 2012. Hugs Dee xx

Kathleen said...

Some papers are just like that aren't they, you just don't want to cover them up.
Great card and love the flower border. I seem to be getting more into die cutting and you should see the state of my Cuttlebug plate but Santa bought me a new set of both B & C but don't want to spoil them yet.

Kath x

Anne said...

A lovely card Di. Wanted to wish you a Happy New Year and thanks for visiting my blog. Anne x

Jules said...

Hi Di

A fabby card.

Loving that punched border.

Will have to try that nestie trick .. .. thanks for that.

The snippets are going great guns Di .. .. well done!!

Love Jules xx

Nicky said...

Happy New Year - love this card and your tip for embossing - thank you

Love Nicky x

The Crafty Elf said...

Such a pretty card Di and I especially love the sentiment! Great tip too, thanks for passing it along!