Time to think outside the box and use the same stamp die or stencil to create two different designs for two different occasions. The challenge prompt for Twofer Challenge #34 is Flowers!
Normally I have trouble finding appropriate stamps or dies for the prompt but this month I was spoilt for choice! I have pictures of all my SCHTUFF stored in my Photos Library on my Mac - I've built up a database of sorts (I used to work in IT) - and this is normally where I start when planning any card. A search of my Photos Library revealed I have over 80 flower related stamps and dies - that's sets not individual stamps or dies. In the end I chose this Bloomington Border die from Memorybox - I bought it a year ago because it matched one of my favourite Christmas dies (Lydia Ornament) but I still hadn't got around to using it.
Here's a closer look was the first card I made. I've been trying to do more colouring with alcohol markers in the hope that I'll get better at it with practice. I used a few pinks and a few greens - trying to bring out the embossed detail on the flower and leaf. I found this sheet of pink polka dotted DP in the stash which was a good match for the pink in the flower and the reverse side had this script which gave me the idea for this layout. The sentiment was tricky - not much space. I toyed with the idea of spelling something out vertically using die cut letters, but what? I thought of possible occasions and thought to myself "just because" - I've been missing my friends a lot lately! You can imagine my delight when I spotted this sentiment (again used my Photos library) on a Papermania set I've had for donkey's ears! It said what I wanted to say and was the perfect size.
Here's the second card I made. This one was much easier since I had it in mind when I first saw this die at the Craft Fair I where I bought it. I cut three borders from white pearlescent card stock (it has a stripy wavy effect) and laid them in alternative directions on plain white card stock - they fitted perfectly on this A6 card front. I then cut the Lydia Ornament in white and red and hung it from silver cord over this lovely background. This 'joy' die just arrived this week so I placed it under the ornament (and gave it a coat of glossy accents for good measure).
Here's a closeup in an attempt to show the pattern in the pearlescent card stock.
I chose red and white (and grey) because of Colour Hues Challenge #9 - a stunning colour combination which wasn't too Christmassy owing to the grey.
I'm still working through my NBUS (Never Before Used Schtuff) - some I've only bought recently and some I've had a bit longer. Luckily there are a few challenges to encourage me in this endeavour at this time of the year!
|NBUS Challenge #22|
|Always Fun Challenge #196 - Something New|
|SOS Challenge #436 - Whats's New With You?|
|Make My Monday Challenge #139 - New in Your Stash|
|SSS Wednesday Challenge - Something New|
|Jingle Belles Rock - Something Old, Something New|
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