OK, who opened the rain floodgates? Non-stop rain here for what seems like weeks and no end in sight. I know that the UK isn't the only country suffering - all I can advise is to move your snippets upstairs ...... out of harm's way - and keep life jackets close beside you. It would be funny, if it wasn't so serious for a lot of people!
My post for the picks and winner of Challenge # 444 can be found HERE in the Playground.
Meanwhile, I made a snippets card to give us some hope of Spring and Summer to come:
And these were my snippets:
This was a second try at stamping onto patterned paper - I lost the first stamped images on different papers by placing my trust purely in the Misti bar magnet. Then, when I went to stamp again due to a first weak stamping - wham! The wretched paper moved and I ended with a blurred stamped flower image. Lesson there is only trust a corner and the magnet(s) - not just one side and the magnet bar. So, I raced ahead and promptly forgot to take a piccie of my newly chosen snippets - until they'd been stamped on. BTW, when stamping a sentiment which will be trimmed I always stamp at least one spare in case of any 'cutting wobbles'. ☺
- 5.25" x 4" white card blank, tent fold
- stamped the flower image onto a snippet of white card using Memento 'Tuxedo Black' ink and a NBUS stamp set by Woodware, called 'Bold Blooms - Vivian'
- to add the leaves to the flower image I used a piece of acetate over the stamped flower to position the two leaf stamps and stamped onto the acetate first - got it right first time - then removed the acetate, leaving the flower panel in place, re-inked the stamps and stamped onto the stem of the flower
- stamped the sentiment from the same set onto a snippet of white card
- next I
botched stamped the flower head and the leaves onto snippets of patterned paper (found in the back of a Honey Bee paper pad called 'Team Tie Dye' - one of my favourite paper pads)
- fussy cut the flower bloom and the leaves using small Fiskars embroidery scissors, which are kept purely for paper
- ran the side of the brush end of a black Tombow marker around all the edges patterned fussy cut edges then glued them onto the main image using a Zig glue pen
- trimmed the image to size and mounted it onto a snippet piece of black card to give a narrow border
- glued the image panel onto the front of the card
- covered the sentiment with a piece of clear adhesive film before trimming away the edges to leave a shiny sentiment strip - much easier than faffing around doing clear embossing when it's only one small item and it really shines beautifully in real life
- added the sentiment strip to the card front using very narrow foam strips to raise it for some dimension
- final touch, three Memory Box clear self-adhesive 'Fairy Drops'
At one point I almost gave up on this card, especially when the Misti also played up - my fault entirely - glad I soldiered on though.
I have another card to make shortly, and in fact bought the clear adhesive film for that (if my idea works) but it's absolutely super for adding a glossy look to sentiments - yay, hopefully a double win situation!
I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:
Darnell's NBUS Challenge #46 - the stamp set was having a first outing, also the clear self adhesive film
Allsorts Challenge #711 - the theme is 'A/G with the option of Winter Blues' - I chose anything goes
We Love Stamping - the theme is 'Favourite Colours' and I adore pink and cream together
Dudley Pupdate - nothing much to report, with the wet and gloomy weather he's not keen on venturing too far. He did meet a friend's new Corgi puppy during the week - but I can't see Arnie being replaced as his 'Bestie' anytime soon! If ever.
Just before bedtime, he always has one of his favourite 'calcium bone wrapped in dried 'chicken' treats'. This evening, Saturday, Len was in bed watching a film and I was across the landing just catching up on some internet browsing and beginning to close down for the night. All of a sudden, I glanced down at Dudley and saw a very cross little face glaring right back at me. He's so sweet and loving that it's a really rare occurrence for him to be upset with us - then we realised - he hadn't had his evening treat! Treat given and all is well again! Little monkey!