Minions Happy Birthday

By | September 6, 2017

Hi there

Punch art is a fun way to create a card when you can’t find a stamp to match a particular theme or character.  One of the ladies at work celebrated her birthday today and ages ago mentioned she loved Minons.  So I put that thought in my memory bank and pulled it out on Sunday to create a special card for her.

I managed to find a couple of tutorials on how to create a Minion – my Owl Punch came in handy.

I’ve gone with Pacific Point and Daffodil Delight for my card and used Balloon Celebration for the sentiment and balloon strings.

I was really pleased with the card and she loved it 🙂

Holiday Catalogue Team Swap – Part Three

By | September 5, 2017

Hi there

I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing an alternative way to use the Memories & More Card Pack.  To see more card packs check out pages 192 – 193 of the Annual Catalogue.

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For the cards that were printed in Black I decided to add Real Red as the accessory colour.  The Real Red ribbon is found on page 29 of the Holiday Catalogue.  It’s a nice solid thin ribbon – 1/8″ wide.

Holiday Team Swap - Snowflake Sentiment-MaM card pack - 4

The card pack and the DSP that I’ve used on these cards are part of the Merry Little Christmas Suite which is displayed on pages 10 to 14 of the Holiday Catalogue.  Check out all the wonderful components that make up this suit.

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Holiday Catalogue Team Swap – Part Two

By | September 4, 2017

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Following on from yesterday’s post here’s the next installment of the swaps I made using the Merry Little Christmas Memories & More Card Pack.

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The colours used on the card pack are Basic Black, Cherry Cobbler, Lemon Lime Twist, Old Olive, White and Kraft.  I wouldn’t normally choose Basic Black to use for a Christmas card but I think it’s rather stunning and goes well with Cherry Cobbler and Old Olive.  I didn’t have any Old Olive ribbon so I’ve used the Lemon Lime Twist ribbon and some of the sentiments are stamped in Lemon Lime Twist before heat embossing them with clear embossing powder.

These smaller cards from the pack make it quick and easy to create a batch of Christmas cards.

It’s a bit hard to see in the photo but I added some Clear Wink of Stella to the ‘star’ images on the DSP.

Don’t forget the special promotion we have on offer for September and October – I would love to come and share with you some Christmas and/or Holiday projects.Merry Patterns - Host Promotion

Check back again tomorrow for installment #3

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Holiday Catalogue Team Swap – Part One

By | September 3, 2017

Hi there

Last month we had a team training day where those that wanted to could participate in the Team Swap.  A swap is where you make 20 of the same card and then swap with 19 others so that you get a variety of cards.  It then means we can show you a mix of products from a new catalogue.

For my swap I used the Merry Little Christmas Memories & More Card Pack to create full sized cards.  I made a variety of samples so I’ll share a few with you now and then the rest over the next few days so be sure to check back tomorrow for installment #2.

The card pack comes with 72 double-sided cards – 52 that are 7.6cm x 10.2cm (2 each of 26 designs) and 20 that are 10.2cm x 15.2cm (2 each of 10 designs), 1 cardstock sticker sheet, 1 acetate sticker sheet and 4 acetate card overlays.  All of this for just $21.25NZD.  You can make a heap of Christmas cards with these.

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The card base and mat are either Cherry Cobbler or Old Olive and the bows are all Lemon Lime Twist Finely Woven Ribbon.  The sentiment is from a new set called Snowflake Sentiments on page 35.  As we don’t sell Embossing Powder in every colour I created my own coloured Embossing Powder.  To achieve this ink your stamp with VersaMark then stamp it again in your chosen colour – Cherry Cobbler or Real Red – then stamp on your project.  Apply Clear Embossing Powder and heat.  One tip – if you are repeating this on multiple cards as I was you will need to clean your stamp after you have stamped otherwise your VersaMark will get very dirty.

The DSP is from the Merry Little Christmas DSP.  The colours used in this pack are Basic Black, Old Olive and Whisper White.

Check back tomorrow for the next batch of cards.

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Five for All – Happy Birthday

By | September 2, 2017

Hi there

I finally got round to purchasing the stamp set ‘Five for All’ on page 75 of the Annual Catalogue.

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It’s got some really fun sentiments and this week I was able to use one of them on a card for a friend who celebrated a big ‘0’ birthday on Thursday.  I wanted to create a fun card and I think this sentiment is perfect.  We have been friends since we were pre-schoolers often spending the holidays staying at each others houses and playing with her many Barbie dolls :).

I’ve teamed the sentiment with another of my favourite stamp sets from the Annual Catalogue – You’ve Got Style

Five for All - Happy Bday - Sue

Now isn’t that a cool sentiment?

The image is stamped in Memento Black Ink and then coloured in using the Stampin’ Write Markers.  For some of the areas I used the fine end of the marker as sometimes the thick end of the marker is to big to use – you don’t want to be going over the lines!  Her face and hands are coloured in using the Calypso Coral Watercolour Pencil as you can get a lighter colour than the markers.

The Card base, ribbon and sentiment use Berry Burst – I’m loving this colour – it’s nice and bright.

I’ll be back tomorrow to share with you the cards I made for our recent team training using products from the new Holiday Catalogue.

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Holiday Catalogue has now arrived

By | September 2, 2017

Hi there

The 2017 Holdiay Catalogue has finally arrived filled with wonderful products to create Christmas and holiday projects.

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Check out the Catalogues page to download a copy.  If you haven’t received a ‘hard copy’ and would like one please let me know and I’ll get one to you.

Stampin’ Up! have a promotion running for the next two months – Merry Patterns Host Promotion.  Hosting a Holiday catalogue event is always fun – and we’ve just sweetened the deal with our exciting Merry Patterns Host Promotion.  If you host a party with $500NZD in sales between now and 31 October as the host you will earn the FREE  Merry Patterns Stamp Set. 

Here are the details:

  • Promotion period:  1 September – 31 October 2017
  • The Merry Pattersn Stamp Set is exclusive to the host promotion and will not be available after 31 October
  • In order to qualify, the event merchandise total must reach $500NZD (before shipping and handling)
  • The Merry Patterns Stamp Set is in addition to Stampn’ Rewards
  • The Merry Patterns Stamp Set may not be exchanged for another stamp set

Here are some samples using this exclusive set

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I would love to hold a Holiday Catalogue party with you so if you’re interested in earning this stamp set please contact me to book a time to hold a party for you and your friends.

Check back later today to see a card I made for a friend who celebrated a big ‘0’ birthday last week.

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Masculine Cards – August Card Class

By | August 31, 2017

Hi there

Last night I held the last of my monthly card classes so now I can share with you what they made.  Masculine cards always seem to stump us so this month I’ve made two masculine cards to add to our repertorie.

First up is a ‘Pull Tab’ card that features the new Circle Tab punch along with two great stamp sets – Lovely as a Tree and Guy Greetings.

Pull Tab Card - Front - Aug Card Class

To start with stamp the Lovely as a Tree image in Early Espresso towards the top part of the card.  To get the cutout area for the pull tab I punched out two circles using the 3/4″ circle punch just in from both edges of the card.  To cut out the area between the circle I placed the card in my paper trimmer and cut between the two circles.  To create my ‘road’ I used one of the images from Timeless Textures which I stamped in Memento Black.  Once I’d stamped it I was disappointed with the look – it was too black – so I coloured over the top with the White Watercolour Pencil which gave it a dully look and more like the colour of an asphalt road :).  The car is stamped in Memento Black then ‘fussy cut’ out.

Pull Tab Card - Open - Aug Card Class

To create the pulling mechanism I used Foam Adhesive Strips on the top and bottom of the cut out – the gap needs to be wide enough for the tab to slide through.  On a scrap bit of Very Vanilla stamp your sentiment and then adhere this directly to the card base alining the front mat in position to see the sentiment.  Dimensionals are adhered to the slider (end away from the tab) and then the cut out card is attached.  The new Circle Tab Punch came in handy to create my ‘pull tab’.

For the next card I did two colour options using scraps of cardstock from the Neutrals Family.  I don’t know about you but I end up with heaps of scraps so made this card to use some of them up.  It’s quick and simple but looks really effective.

Panel Card - Greys - Aug Card Class

I cut a piece of copy paper 10cm x 14.3cm and then adhered my strips of cardstock.  I then ran it through the Big Shot with one of our Textured Embossing Folders.  First up Smoky Slate, Basic Gray and Basic Black with the Hexagons Embossing Folder

Panel Card - Browns - Aug Card Class

and then Chocolate Chip, Early Espresso, Soft Suede, Crumb Cake and Sahara Sand with the Pinewood Planks Embossing Folder.  The Happy Birthday is cut out with the Thinlits die and adhered using the Multi Purpose Adhesive Sheet.  The card base is the Thick Very Vanilla Cardstock.

I’m going to create some more of these cards with some of the other colour families to use up my scraps.

Till next time

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Holiday Catalogue Sneak Peek

By | August 26, 2017

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With less than a week till the new Holiday Catalogue goes live I thought I’d share a ‘sneak peek’ of a card I made using a new stamp set.

Today my sister-in-law flew out for a 2 1/2 week study tour to Israel.  I wanted to give her a card which included a little ‘spending’ money for her trip.  Stampin’ Up! came to the party with the perfect new stamp set for me to create the card – Night in Bethlehem.

Night in Bethlehem - Allison - Front

What do you think – is this the perfect image or what? To create this card I stamped first in Crumb Cake then Sahara Sand and finally Soft Suede.  The stars are stamped in Daffodil Delight.  The card base is Soft Suede.

Night in Bethlehem - Allison - Inside

I didn’t want to spoil the front with a sentiment – and nothing seemed to suit –  so I added the sentiment on the inside.  Using Thoughtful Banners I was able to create the perfect personalised message.

Safe travels and have a wonderful time in Israel xx

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Perks of being a demonstrator

By | August 22, 2017

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One of the many perks of being a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator is being able to attend events.  One such event is OnStage which is held twice a year – April and November.  OnStage is an all day event where we get to see and play with new products about to be released, receive some training, be inspired by our fellow demonstrators and receive some free products – including new catalogues.  It’s a fun filled day that you don’t want to miss out on.  Back in April we had the launch of the Annual Catalogue.  Here are the ‘make and takes’ that we made using products from four new suites.

OnStage M&T - Birthday Delivery Suite

First up we have a card using products from the Birthday Delivery Bundle (pg 68-69 of the AC).  This bundle includes a stamp set, DSP and Framelits.  Some of the images on the DSP coordinate with the Framelits which means you can cut them out as we did here with ‘Mr Fox’.  Now this isn’t a set I’d buy but it’s great to have a sample to show everyone.

OnStage M&T - Color Theory Memories & More Cards

Next we have the Color Theory Suite.  For this card we used the Memories & More Card Pack which can be used for Memory Keeping and also for card making.  Check out the Memories & More section in the Annual Catalogue on pages 190-193.  These cards coordinate with the Colorful Seasons stamp set and Seasonal Layers Thinlits dies.

OnStage M&T - Daisy Delight Bundle

The Daisy Delight Bundle has been VERY popular with stampers.  Poor old Stampin’ Up! couldn’t keep up with the demand on this bundle to begin with it was that popular.   On this card we stamped the image twice then layered it and adhered one of the new Faceted Gems.

OnStage M&T - Wood Textures Suite

Last up we have the Wood Textures Suite.  I LOVE this little crate and have already made a number of these.  They’re the perfect size to hold 3″ cards or Whittakers Chocolates!  There are three main components in this suite – the stamp set (Wood Words) and Crate Framelits come as a bundle (purchase these two items as the bundle and save 10%) and then the Wood Textures DSP stack can be purchased separately.  This paper stack is great for masculine cards.  Check out some samples usign these products on page 158-159 of the AC.

I’m looking forward to our next OnStage event which is happening in November.

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Colour Inkspiration – CI015

By | August 13, 2017

Hi there

We’ve just had the most spectacular thunder and lightning show here in Auckland.  I don’t think I’ve heard thunder that loud before – it felt like the whole house was rumbling!

Yesterday I was a busy beaver making 20 cards for our team training swap next weekend – unfortunately you’ll have to wait a bit until I can show you them.  They use products from the upcoming Holiday Catalogue which will be out on 1st September.

This afternoon I had some time to create some cards so I used the colour combination for this fortnights Colour Inkspiration challenge of Elegant Eggplant, Bermuda Bay, Pool Party and Lemon Lime Twist.  I was originally only going to make one card but after stamping and cutting out my three cupcakes found they didn’t fit on one card front!  So my ‘one’ card become three.

CI015 - Sweet Cupcake - Elegant Eggplant

My cupcake icing has Pool Party as the base then Bermuda Bay as layer two and finally Elegant Eggplant for the final ‘frosting’.

The ‘actual’ cupcake is a ‘chocolate’ flavoured one – Crumb Cake, Soft Suede and Early Espresso.  The cupcakes are adhered with dimensionals.

CI015 - Sweet Cupcake - Lemon Lime Twist

I decided to try a multi coloured embossed wall for the background that would tie in three colours of the challenge.  I put three small amounts of embossing paste on my Silicon mat and added one drop of reinker and mixed it in.  The Elegant Eggplant came out darker than I had wanted – never mind.

CI015 - Sweet Cupcake - Bermuda Bay

For this last card I didn’t have enough of the coloured paste so just added the plain white and then used a dauber to add the colour.

Each of the cards has Fine Tip Glue added to the Elegant Eggplant part of the frosting to give it some depth.  It reminds me of the jelly in a Jelly Tip.  The candles are a ‘two step’ image.  The first stamp is stamped in full strength Lemon Lime Twist then the second stamp was ‘stamped off’ to give a lighter Lemon Lime Twist.  The ‘wish’ is adhered with multipurpose adhesive sheets – I love this product.

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Thinking of You cards

By | August 7, 2017

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I finally made some time to craft for myself yesterday – it was so nice.  I picked one of my new sets – Beautiful Bouquet – page 92 of the Annual Catalogue.  This set comes as a bundle and who can resist a bundle.

Do you sometimes get stumped as to what colours to use for your projects?  Well when I’m in that situation I go to a really cool site called My Create Ink.  You can pick which Stampin Up colour(s) you want and then it suggests other colours to go with your colours.   So yesterday I loaded in Daffodil Delight (got to have yellow in a bunch of flowers) and Wisteria Wonder (a colour I don’t often use) and this is what I came up with.

Beautiful Bouquet - Calypso Coral - Thinking of You

First up we have Daffodil Delight, Wisteria Wonder and Calypso Coral.  I added Old Olive and Pear Pizzazz for the greenery.  The centre of the flowers is stamped in Early Espresso and then a hint of Clear Wink of Stella is added to the stamen of the Wisteria Wonder flowers.  To give a bit of dimension to this bunch of flowers I stamped three flowers again and cut them out with the coordinating dies and adhered with a dimensional.  To keep my bunch of flowers together I wrapped Linen Thread around the cut-out and then added a bow with a glue dot.  The sentiment is from the Thoughts and Prayers stamp set.

I decided that I may as well make a second card while I had the stamp and inks out.

Beautiful Bouquet - Pool Party - Thinking of You

This time I’ve gone with another colour option that was suggested – Daffodil Delight, Wisteria Wonder and Soft Sky.  Again Old Olive and Pear Pizzazz where used for the greenery.  Instead of adding another layer of flowers for the dimension I added Basic Pearls to the centre of the three smaller flowers.  The flowers are ‘held’ together by a stamped images and a linen bow attached (again with a glue dot).  The sentiment is stamped on Whisper White then cut out with an Oval die and them behind is a Scallop Oval die – both from the Layering Ovals Framelits.  This time the sentiment is adhered with dimensionals whereas the other one was adhered directly to the card.

I like the strip of Wisteria Wonder card base showing at either side of the stamped area.

‘Thinking of You’ is a versatile sentiment that can be used for sympathy cards (the first one) or just to let somebody know they are in your thoughts.

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Carols of Christmas – August Promotion

By | August 3, 2017

Hi there

During the month of August you will be able to order one of our top-trending bundles from the upcoming Holiday Catalogue (available 1 September).  This bundle will help you get a head start on your Christmas cards.

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Here are some cards that showcase this new bundle

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Check out this video to see more of the Carols of Christmas bundle

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July Card Class Projects

By | July 29, 2017

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It’s been a beautiful day here in Auckland – cold but blue skies and the sun has been shining down on us.  It’s meant to get down to 3 degrees tonight which is pretty cold for Auckland so I think I’ll be putting another layer on the bed.

This months cards feature new products from the Annual Catalogue.  First up we have a card featuring the Color Theory Suite (pg 146-147 AC).  There’s not a lot of stamping on this card but lots of dies were used.

Happy Birthday Window Card - Front - July Card Class

First up we cut the oval from the Fresh Fig card base then placed the Whisper White mat over the top and drew around the oval.  Then placing the biggest oval on the Whisper White cut out the second window.  Before adhering the two together we dry embossed the Whisper White with the Brick Wall Embossing Folder.  On the back of this we adhered a piece of Window Sheet (I found it was best to use the Tear and Tape to adhere this) then adhered both layers to the card base.  The ‘Happy Birthday’ is cut out of Blushing Bride with the Happy Birthday Thinlits die.  Before cutting this we adhered a piece of Multipurpose Adhesive Sheet to the back of the Blushing Bride card stock.  You may need t run this through the Big Shot a couple of times to get a good cut.  The Early Espresso tree branch (from the the Seasonal Layers Thinlits) was also cut out with Multipurpose Adhesive on the back – so much easier to stick down.  The flowers were stamped in Sweet Sugarplum and then we put some of the Fine-Tip Glue on to give a shine and some height.  I’ve found that it also changes the colour of the ink beneath so the flower looks two tone.

Happy Birthday Window Card - Inside - July Card Class

On the inside we have the chair (I’d call this a Cape Cod chair but I think it’s also known as an Adirondack Chair) which is cut out of the Wood Textures DSP – love this paper – and yes again I used the multipurpose adhesive sheets.  They make adhering those intricate pieces so easy.  On the arm of the chair we have a nice summer drink – lemonade with a slice of lime.

Next up we used the Embossing Paste and You’ve Got Style.  I’d made two samples using the two different images.

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I’m in love with the new embossing paste – you don’t need to use much as a little goes a long way.  For this project we added a drop of Bermuda Bay Re-inker to the paste and mixed it in.  Using the Pattern Party Decorative Masks we applied the paste to the top 2/3rds of the card.  We didn’t cover the full area – just applied it in random areas.

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The images were stamped in Memento Black ink on the oval cutout from the first project :).  Using the Watercolour Pencils we coloured in our images and applied – you guessed it – Fine-Tip Glue to various parts of the images.  The images are matted with Basic Black and the base is Basic Black.  This goes really well with the Bermuda Bay colour of the paste.

I also taught this card as the Make n Take for my team training;

You've Got Style v3 - Embossing Paste - Front - July Card Class You've Got Style v3 - Embossing Paste - Inside - July Card Class

July is the perfect month to join Stampin’ Up! – Our Christmas in July promotion (1 -31 July) makes it easier than ever to sign up to be a demonstrator.  Your Start Kit will cost you $189NZD and for that you will receive $285NZD worth of product.  You will also receive a FREE Essentials Gift Pack including Paper Snips, SNAIL Adhesive, Grid Paper, two D Blocks and a Bone Folder. That’s an added value of $103 NZD!  Stampin’ Up! will also include the Carols of Christmas Stamp Set from the holiday catalogue for FREE ($42 NZD value)!

I would love to have you join my team so if you are interested in joining then give me a call.

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Extravaganza Projects – July 2017

By | July 24, 2017

Hi there

This past weekend we held our second Creative Inkers Extravaganza event for 2017.  We had a really good turnout – about 108 ladies and 2 gentlemen :).

If you’re not familiar with an Extravaganza here’s how it works.  You come along for a fun afternoon and create five projects.  You stay seated and we (the demonstrators) move from table to table.  All the kits have been pre-prepared and have all the piece you need to create the project.  We teach you different techniques, get you stamping and most of all have we have some fun.  If you would like to attend our next Extravaganza event keep Saturday 18 November free.  More details about this event will be out in October (cost is $45 which also includes afternoon tea).

So here are the projects that we taught.  First up is the one I taught with Sally and Michelle.  With Father’s Day on the 3rd September here in New Zealand we decided to do a masculine project – gift card holder.  This project was inspired by a similar gift card created by Dawn Griffith – a US demonstrator.

Extravaganza - July 2017 - Gift Card Closed

We’ve used two new In Colours – Lemon Lime Twist and Tranquil Tide along with two new products – 1/4″ Copper Trim and the 2 1/4″ Circle Punch.  Born to Ride is the main stamp set and the sentiment is from Guy Greetings.  We have everyone the option of ‘Happy Father’s Day’ or ‘Happy Birthday’.

Did you notice the coloured pearls down the side?  These are our Basic Pearls which have been coloured with a black Sharpie marker.  You could create different coloured pearls depending on the colour of you Sharpie marker.

Extravaganza - July 2017 - Gift Card Open

The gift card then slots into the pocket on the right.  This could easily be made into a card by just adding another piece of Whisper White instead of the Basic Black pocket.

The four other projects that were taught are:

Extravaganza - July 2017 - other projects

L to R – ‘You Move Me’ interactive card (by pulling the ribbon at the top up the image of the butterfly changes), Lollipop Card, Textured Paste Medallion Card.  Front – Wood Crate Memo Cube.

If you would like to know more details about the Extravaganza please email me – I’d love to have you join us.

Well that’s all from me for now.  Catch you back here soon.

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Another Milestone Birthday – 80

By | July 20, 2017

Hi there

This year seems to be the year for ‘milestone’ birthdays.  Earlier this month our aunt in the US celebrated her 80th.  We couldn’t send her flowers as she is holidaying in Europe with extended family so I sent her flowers by way of the card :).

 

Dolly Bday Card - Front

This uses the new Beautiful Bouquet Bundle.  The stamp set comes with a sentiment for every occasion – birthday, wedding, anniversary, thanks, congratulations and something for a friend.  I think this set will become a favourite ‘go to’ set for me.

My starting colour for this project was Fresh Fig.  I then checked out the below In Color Combinations chart to get my additional colours – Cherry Cobbler, Blushing Bride and Pear Pizzazz.  To add ‘dimension’ to the card I added pearls to the centre of the flowers and glue to bigger flowers at the back – not sure what type of flowers these ones are – maybe hydrangeas 🙂  The flowers are ‘tied’ together with a piece of Linen Thread.

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Well I hope you don’t get too wet or blown away in this wild weather.  Until next time 🙂

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