My lovely friends took me out last Saturday for a belated birthday celebration and I thought it would be nice to send them a card to thank them (rather than just thinking about it).
This 2nd October sketch for Viva la Verve from the fabulous Lesley Croghan inspired me, although this scarcely resembles what I originally had in mind, which was more in line with this gorgeous card from Lesley.
I was so excited because I thought that I could finally use something that's been in my stash for ages - Spellbinders Label 21. I just had to have it at the time but have not been able to use it successfully in the 3 or 4 years I have owned it (familiar story anyone?). I thought that if I embossed it as Lesley has done here, I could get it to work for me. However my attempts at using the label 21 here were no better and I ended up ditching the idea after two or so hours!!! The proportions just don't work for me.
At about midnight, I settled upon using this NBUS Sizzix Albany Rose, which I embossed and enamelled with WOW! Pastel Pink embossing powder and UTEE. I did the same for the leaves from the set Stamp'n Stuff Emerald Green Embossing powder (quite dark for emerald green but I wanted a dark green anyway).
I made this sentiment panel using a die from the Verve Beautiful Flowers die. I have been wanting to try this for ages. It has previously been just a plain rectangular piece of card, which was a little too plain, so I used a circle punch to invert the corners.
Because the rose was so thick and I wanted this lovely sentiment to sit above the rose (the stem could have been longer), I ended up mounting the sentiment on a double layer of foam tape. This didn't look too good from the side view so I wrapped a little peach organza ribbon around the mounting tape and tied a fancy knot at the top - much neater.
I hope you enjoyed your visit and I didn't bore you with too much detail, I love to read posts which explain how things are managed and short cuts/workarounds, as well as what lovely stash items are out there - so if I have the time I'll do that on my own posts.
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