Saturday, 9 July 2011

Little Leaves in ... winter....

Despite signing up for the Summer Card Camp, it's hard to feel summery and light when you have the onset of flu and fever my fabulous hubby shared so graciously! So as I write, I'm holed up on the couch in the lounge room in trackies, wearing my favourite slippers "hoodies for feet" which the girls call 'adult booties' just to tease me, all rugged up, and drinking a hot cuppa.  Strangely, I'm struggling to get that pesky work done, so I'm blogging instead! tee hee...

This week has been a bit nuts, so I wasn't able to make anything new, but I thought I'd post a card I made a couple of weeks ago for my friend Oli's birthday. Its in my absolute favourite colour Old Olive from SU and used together with Chocolate Chip and Kraft (sorry, I've tried to call it crumb cake, but it just doesn't float my boat!) The 'little leaves' die is super cute don't you think?.

I've used it to make a birthday card, but I think really the template could be used to make almost any card... maybe even a blank one (although there would be a glaringly empty spot right where the sentiment goes!).

I initially had the white paper plain in the background but it needed something. I tried to use the SU 'En Francais' background stamp, but it was too curly and ... well ... floral! (ironic I know, given the card has leaves on it!) 

I settled for the HA friend definition stamp. It's a modern font and gives it a little of a younger edge I thought. 

Hold your hats, I actually tied a bow! I used the ribbon to go the whole way round the front of the card given it's top folding and actually tied the two ends into a bow. It took a bit of fluffing about, and rejigging it, but got there in the end! Thank god for you tube. I've been watching tutorial after tutorial (there are benefits to being an insomniac!).  The ribbon is SU choc chip taffeta. It's very forgiving as it holds nicely but doesn't crease to much when you screw up and have to re-tie over and over! 

I liked the quirky-ness of making a top fold card that looks like a side fold card because of where the corners are rounded! Oh, and the Zig glue pen seemed not to stick the leaves down properly, so I busted out the glossy accents and just made tiny dabs here and there - worked like a charm.

Handy hint - Glossy Accents replaces super glue in our house. I've used it to bond the broom when the wooden pole came out of the wooden head, and used it to re-fix the paper towel holder to the shelf in the cupboard. Superglue and wood glue both failed. David burst out laughing when I ran up to the craft cupboard and grabbed it gleefully! I tried to use the old "see, all that money well spent" argument, but he rolled his eyes. better luck next time eh?

Enjoy your weekend, and hopefully we can all get a chance to squeeze in a little crafting!

AM x

1 comment:

  1. Gorgeous card (and envelope!) Hope you're on the mend soon.