Friday, 13 August 2010

A sweet and happy birthday to Jan

Happy Birthday Jan!!!

Today is my fabulous downline, Jan's birthday. I'm not giving her age away but it certainly isn't what her hubby Ian was trying to make it this year! Doesn't he know you always subtract rather than add if you want to stay in our good books? I'm sure that must be in the hubby manual somewhere, lol.

I hope you've had a fantastic day Jan and that you enjoyed your pampering and got to see the lions.

This was the card that I made to celebrate her day. (I got a text from her so I know she's seen it and it's safe to post).

Stamp sets: Something Sweet, Flight of the Butterfly, Vintage Labels (sentiment)
Cardstock: Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie, Whisper White
Ink: Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie, Lovely Lilac
Punches: Round Tab, 1-3/4" Circle, Eyelet Border
Narrow Grosgrain Ribbon: Pumpkin Pie
Other: Metallic Eyelet, Sweet Treat Cup, Lime and Orange Tic Tacs

Something Sweet is on offer 1-31 August 2010, reduced from £23.95 to £19.16. Email me if you'd like to place an order.

For the flower I stamped the large circle from the Something Sweet set, up near the top of the Whisper White card. This circle gets punched out but it helps to have something to line the petals up to. Using the stamp-a-ma-jig, I then stamped the petals in Pumpkin Pie all around the circle, leaving about a 2mm gap from it. The leaves were stamped in Old Olive, varying the angle to create a "stem". Using the smallest butterfly from the Flight of the Butterfly set, I stamped in Lovely Lilac, one direct to the card front and one on a piece of scrap Whisper White which was then cut out. Again using the stamp-a-ma-jig, I stamped the Happy Birthday sentiment from the Vintage Labels set (one of the Sale-a-bration freebies at the beginning of the year), repeatedly in Pumpkin Pie. I then used a craft knife to cut around the tip of each petal and leaf and curled them slightly to create some dimension.

With everything stamped on the card front I then punched out the centre of the flower with the 1-3/4" Circle and used this as a positioning template for punching out the same circle from the Old Olive card blank. The Sweet Treat Cup was adhered in place with glue dots and the adhesive backing left in place (otherwise it will stick to the slider). Narrow strips of Pumpkin Pie card were punched with the Eyelet Border punch and adhered behind the Whisper White card. This provides decoration but also helps to create the ever so slight gap for the slider to move up and down more easily to get at the sweets. Sticky Strip was added to the sides and bottom of the back of this stamped and bordered layer (none in the centre or the top) and it was adhered to the card front, lining up the punched circle and the Sweet Treat Cup.

The slider closure was made using a wide strip of Pumpkin Pie card topped with a punched Round Tab of Old Olive, folded over and held in place with an eyelet and ribbon. Sweets were added to the cup and the slider slid into place between the stamped layer and the card front to hold them there. A strip of Old Olive card was snipped to make grass and adhered to the bottom of the card front. The additional butterfly and the Pumpkin Pie bow were added with glue dots.

For the insert the sentiment (also from the Something Sweet set) was stamped in Pumpkin Pie and a couple more Lovely Lilac butterflies added to the corners.

Have a great weekend everybody.

Sara xx

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