Good morning Friends,
Last night I was playing around using my Stamparatus (146276). I have been trying to come up with a good technique to share at our team meeting on Thursday evening. I saw this video from Dawn Olchefske on how to use the Stamparatus(146276) to make wreaths a while ago and thought that might be a good technique to demonstrate.
Ok so…I am still thinking about the sketch from the Freshly Made Sketch Challenge #348 and trying to improve on my other cards. I was not the winner of “The Queen of Clean” or any of the honorable mentions. There are some beautiful winners! Follow the link to check it out. While still thinking of this challenge I decided to combine the wreath technique with the challenge sketch and this is what I came up with. What do you think? Which of the cards is your favorite?
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I admit I did not care for the center one so much so I tweaked it a bit…hehe! I cut the smallest square in the Stitched Shapes Framelits (145372) out of Whisper White (100730) and stamped one of the flowers from the Beautiful Bouquet stamp set (143666) using Petal Pink ink (147108). Beautiful Bouquet (143666) has many different small flowers, branches, and leaves and also has a coordinating die set called Bouquet Bunch Framelits (143659). I love sets! As you have probably guessed I also love my Big Shot (143263). I got mine by being a hostess of a Stampin’ Up! party for a friend and when the party made it to the $450 in sales point, I got my choice of item to have 50% off and I got my Big Shot 50% off. If you are interested in having a party so you can do this too, just let me know and I will do my best to make it happen (if you are in the USA). If you are not in the West Michigan area, Online Parties work too. Just contact me for details.
Now don’t you think that is an improvement? I think it looks like a quilt with flower blocks on point now. That goes well with the Quilt Top embossing folder too. It looks like I planned it that way from the beginning!
But I digress. Let’s see, oh yes! My demonstration for my team meeting. I would recommend you watch Dawn’s video on youtube.com here. She does an excellent job of describing and demonstrating the method for making the wreath using a Stamparatus (146276). I hope I do as well as she did on Thursday!
After I stamped the wreath on a 2 3/4″ square of Whisper White (100730) with Lemon Lime Twist (147145), Granny Apple Green (147095), Blueberry Bushel (147138), Lovely Lipstick (147140), and Pineapple Punch (147141), I stamped a bigger flower in the center with Grapefruit Grove (147142). Ok, now came the scary part! I cut the square in quarters using the smallest square in the Stitched Shapes Dies (145372) …yikes! It was ok though, it turned out fine…whew! I used the outside edge of the square as a positioning guide. This helped the cuts be fairly evenly separated. As you cut the wreath apart be sure and keep the squares in the correct position as you remove them. I cut a 2 7/8″ square from Blueberry Bushel (146968) ahead of time and placed the wreath squares directly in place.
I attached the wreath squares with Snail Adhesive (104332), positioning them equidistant apart. I cut a 4 1/8″ square from Lemon Lime Twist ( 144245) and punched the edges with the Detailed Trio Punch (146320). I attached the Blueberry Bushel (146968) square using Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430) on point. I tried this completed square both on top and on bottom of the card but I liked it best on top. The card needed something on the bottom though so I cut a 1 1/4″ X 4 1/8″ strip from the In Color 6 X 6 DSP 2018-2020 (146963) Blueberry Bushel large dot paper. I adhered this to the bottom with Snail Adhesive (104332).
For the sentiment, I used Happy Birthday from the Beautiful Bouquet stamp set (143666) and stamped in Blueberry Bushel (147138) ink on a 1″ X 1 5/8″ Whisper White (100730) strip. In hindsight I think I would use a Stampin’ Sponge (141337) on the edges of this strip in Lemon Lime Twist ink (147145) to set it off a bit. The card might need some bling too. Maybe in the center of the flower?
Well that is what I came up with. Do you think they will like it? I hope so! I like it! I will let you know on Friday how the demonstration went.
I hope you have a wonderful day today!!
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