Well I got back from France the day before yesterday, and amazingly made myself unpack and tidy the house before letting myself play with the contents of some exciting packages which were waiting for me, after a month of being away!
Here is a card I made this afternoon, for a lady I haven't met yet, but who I will be visiting through my church. I wanted to send her just a general 'Hello' card first.
These were the contents of one box! Eileen Hull from Sizzix was lovely enough to send me some beautiful dies from her Picket Fence range... I think the whole range is really gorgeous (the little bird houses in the photo in my blog header are from another die in the same range.) I'm excited to try them out! Thank you Eileen!
I cut out a plant pot from Eileen's 'Clay Pot' die, and the rim for it. (You can use the die to make a 3D stand-up version, but I just used one layer for this card.) I stuck the pot to the front of Karen Burniston's A2 Pop 'n Cuts card, with the Funky Label insert, which I cut away a bit of, to fit behind the pot.
I used Brenda Walton's 'Summer Florals' decorative strip to cut the flowers (from very old papers from my stash), and another of Eileen Hull's dies - 'Phrase, Bloom & Plant Markers' to make the lovely little 'wooden' sign sticking out from the flowers. The 'Hello' is from Tim Holtz's 'Typeset' die.
The black flower centres are punched with a Kars punch.
I added a ribbon (sticking various parts down with Beacon's glue, to keep it in its shape), and kept the rest of the card pretty simple, with just a strip of gingham, and a buckle type thing, made using another of the Plant Marker tops, with 2 slits cut in it.
I wanted room for a message on the front, and cut a journaling piece from two dies from the Majestic labels Sizzix Framelits set, and added another layered flower.
All the edges were inked with Distress Ink.
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