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Fern Birthday

Hello Crafters

I quite expect you to be lapping up the sun today, and who can blame you, the brightness and warm of the sun can make you feel amazing! Sunshine reminds me of a beautiful garden, so I thought I would share a card with you that I made for a friend but unfortunately Royal Mail lost…again…and has lost a few others too! However I will concentrate on the fact that I did have some lovely pictures and will try to re-create this again.

I have always loved the mono theme, so I saw a card recently, and thought that would look good in black and white, so I set about a birthday card along those lines, but then I caught a glimpse of distress inks which set me on a different track for the topper, how many times have you done that???

Anyway here’s the end result and I was amazed at how the topper popped and completmented the black and white so much.

The floral and fern stamps were from Inkylicious Fern Leaves, Pilkington Floral Silhouettes. Justrite Forever Friends, was used for the front sentiment and corners, these are one of favourites. The inside sentiment was by  Phil Martin Decadent Damask.

The little butterfly on the front was cut using a punch in parchment and coloured with co-ordinating distress inks – Wilted Violet, Worn Lipstick, Tumbled Glass and Cracked Pistachio, which turned out to be a lovely combo I hadn’t used before!

The main card base was cut from black and white card stock from Papermill Direct, and the die used was Tonic Studios – Harrop Die. This die I bought thinking it was a standard size (that will teach me for ordering too quickly without looking!) and I was after a scalloped edge rectangle set, and almost sent it back, buuuuttttt…..it makes great base cards, and inbetween the large scallops you see above, it has small scallop dies that complement (see the white edged front panel), so really you get 2 sets for the price of one, and it is quite a large set. For a wrong buy I was quite pleased!

Anyway, it’s time to go create, and I am sure you have many plans also, so I wish you a wonderfully crafty week!


Kim x

6 thoughts on “Fern Birthday

  1. This is BEAUTIFUL Kim. I love the colour tones on the ‘name plate’ (how did you get that name there so perfectly?), and like you I too like the mono tones, however, unlike your good self, I’m useless at them. (note to self: must try harder!).

    A fabulous card with a fabulous surprise inside.

    Our wonderful Royal Mail has lost a couple of my cards recently. I made my Mother-in-Law a truly lovely (even when I looked at it I thought it was a bobby dazzler) card which I’d themed to go with a floral display that we’d ordered for her. I’d ordered a sleigh full of flowers from Interflora (this shop still has the picture on their website, https://www.floraleleganceflorist.co.uk/design-20155007/santa-christmas-sleigh.htm – but the interflora site doesn’t have it on there anymore) …. and so decided that I’d make her a card which went with it. I drew a sleigh and once I was happy with the shape, I cut it out and made the whole card with the sleigh being the ‘thing’. It was a 12″ x 6″ card, and with the depth of the embellishments on the front, it couldn’t go into an envelope, so I made a box for it and posted it first class in the hope of the card and floral display arriving on the same day. Royal Mail didn’t deliver it. At. All. And … even though I put our address on the back it still didn’t come back to us. I was heartbroken – and what’s more, I didn’t take a photograph of it, so I couldn’t even send a text message so that she could at least have seen what it looked like.

    So I know only too well the misery of pouring your heart into a card and it getting ‘lost’ in the post.

    The card is truly beautiful Kim, and I’m so glad that you took photographs of it.
    GREAT make, my blogging friend. I can see how much work went into it!
    ~ Cobs. x

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    1. Thank you Cobs, and I feel your frustration. Only crafters understand the love that goes into every card, and you must have been so disappointed when it didn’t arrive. The sleigh flowers were truly magnificent, and I can only imagine how beautiful your card would have been. Wouldn’t surprise me if somebody else loved it so much they didn’t return it, lets hope so, then all that hard work didn’t go to waste. I would love to visit that big ol’ post box in the sky, it’s must be rammed full of wonderful things mustn’t it! Thank you for stopping by, always so glad when you do, you brighten my day. Hugs x

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    2. Oh nearly forgot! In answer to your question, the name is made with Tonic Studios Clarice Dies, so versatile as you get the ornate outside, and the plain letters inside, so you get a double use! I counted the number of letters in the name and using the middle letter, stuck it down first, then put the rest down either side, hope that makes sense! x

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