Friday, 15 April 2011

Bright Gerbera

Hi there.

Its the weekend and earlier today I decided to have a proper play over the next few days (yes!!!).  Trouble is, my DH has just come home from work and has bought me a little present.  Its got two wheels, 18 gears - but no engine (sob).  Yes, he has got me a bicycle, and as the weather looks like it'll be nice, my little plan may have to be put on hold for a while.

Anyway, as I haven't been able to do any crafting this week (its very inconsiderate that I have to go to work!) here is a picture of a card I made for my Mini Catalogue Launch Party.

I don't normally do bright colours but after seeing a video on how to make gerberas using the new Flower, Daisies #2 die I just had to have a go - and the colours just seemed to come to me.  Here is the design of the die - it has three different sizes of petal circles so will be so adaptable.
I used the die in my Big Shot (or Bess as we like to call her!) to cut 3 of the larger petals, two of the medium and two of the small - all out of Delightful Daffodil delight card.  Then I cut another small one in Early Espresso, trimming the petals to about half their original length.

All of the petal circles were shaped to curl by using my bone folder and then mounted in size order.  The circle centre was just punched out of a scrap piece of Early Espresso and mounted on a dimentional.

The card blank is an A5 sheet of Tempting Turquoise and I cut - yes, I know - I cut into some of the new Sweet Stitches DSP!!  Not only that, but I used my paper peircer and guide to do the tiny holes along the top and the bottom of it!  I did have to sit down to recover afterwards.

A thin strip of Pretty in Pink card was punched using the Scallop Edge Border and added to the bottom of the DSP before securing it onto the card blank.  Once the flower was mounted onto the card, it really took shape (if you pardon the pun) and almost looks real!

For the sentiment, I stamped 'Thank You' (from the Just Believe stamp set) in Early Espresso ink onto Daffodil Delight card and punched it out with the Large Oval punch and added a tiny basic pearl before mounting it onto a piece of Pretty in Pink cardstock punched using Decorative Label Punch.

OK, off to 'admire' my new toy - DH had better get ready for some serious complaining when I am out on my new bike!!  I wonder where I can buy a balaclava from...

Anyway, have a fab weekend! - and don't think of me, peddling frantically along, trying to look healthy...

Jan
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