Yep – that’s my somewhat confused Christmas Cactus. That picture was not taken at Christmas. Nope – it was taken this morning! It’s going a little bit crazy. Apparently it’s on a Euclidian calendar. Or a Martian calendar. Or…something! Cuz it didn’t do such a great job blooming at the Christmas that we all just observed! 🙂 But, I admit that I love it – I think it’s just one of the prettiest things around and I haven’t been able to kill it yet – it just gets all gorgeous in spite of me!
So – in honor of its blooming beauty and insistence that it simply must be Christmas somewhere….I’m giving away some blog candy! Read on down and I’ll tell you what you need to do to get entered!
Today’s share is my first attempt at using the Sunburst Thinlit. I’ve tried a few times and just not been successful. I have no idea why – it just kind of bamboozles me! But today – I think I got it! I added a very apropos sentiment from the Over the Rainbow stamp set (Annual Catalog) and some pretty Wildflower Fields DSP. Take a look-see:
The layout for the card was inspired by the Can You Case It sketch #110:
And the theme from The Paper Players #285.
So I started by SNAILing the Wildflower Fields DSP that looks sort of like rain onto a panel of Daffodil Delight. And, I just realized that I put it upside down! LOL. It’s raining….UP! 🙂 Oh well… upside down rain happens!
To make my sun, I laid the Sunburst Thinlit on a piece of Daffodil Delight card stock that was about 2 1/2″ wide. I set it off to the side – letting the die hang over the edge – that naturally created the straight edge depicted in the sketch.
Then to make it into a circle, I used my 5th-from-the-center Circle Framelit (2 3/4″ diameter) to cut it…
Once I had my Daffodil Delight circle sun – I repeated the process – with the next smaller circle framelit – using a piece of Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper. I used my Brayer to color the Dazzling Diamonds circle with Daffodil Delight.
I made the two banners – one from Whisper White card stock and one from Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper – snipping the ends with my Paper Snips. For the sentiment, I used a sentiment from Over the Rainbow. Now, the sentiment image says “You Are My Sunshine”. But I knew I was going to use a die cut for the “You”, so I inked the words “Are My” with my Tuxedo Black Memento Ink (I used some Post-it-note tape to cover the part I didn’t want to ink) and stamped it on my Whisper White banner strip. Then I cleaned the stamp, inked up “Sunshine” with the ink pad and stamped it under the first image.
I edged both banners with the Lost Lagoon marker and adhered them to the card front with SNAIL. Over them, I used Multi-Purpose Liquid Glue to adhere the card stock Sunburst right at the edge of the card front, then layered the Glimmer Paper Sunburst over that. For the very center, I used the largest flower from the Blossom Bunch Punch and my 7/8″ Scallop Circle punch – both layered with Multi-Purpose Liquid Glue. And I left the whole thing alone for several minutes to dry – remember it’s not easy to glue to Glimmer Paper, it takes a minute to take hold.
The die cut sentiment is from a Hello You framelits die – and I cut one from Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper and two from Basic Black card stock. I colored the Dazzling Diamonds piece in Lost Lagoon with my Stampin’ Write Marker. Using little dots of Multi-Purpose Liqud Glue, I layered them up – offsetting them all just the tiniest bit. I wanted there to be a shadow. Then I used a little more of the Liquid Glue to adhere it over the sun and the banners.
I added some Rhinestone Basic Jewels to the sentiment banner and the card front was done.
For the inside, I used the sun image from the matching (and bundled for 15% off!) Sunburst Sayings stamp set and stamped it on the edge of a Whisper White card stock panel in Daffodil Delight. Then I added a strip of the Wildflower Fields DSP, matted on Daffodil Delight, running it vertically up the side of the liner.
Then I SNAILd it to a Daffodil Delight mat and then into my Whisper White card base. I popped the front on with Stampin’ Dimensionals and the card was done!
For the Whisper White Medium envelope, I repeated the Sunburst Sayings sun – stamping it off the left edge in Daffodil Delight…
…and then added the Wildflower Fields DSP liner, cutting it with my Envelope Liner framelits!
Et Voila! A rain-or-shine themed card – just to bring a smile to someone who brightens your life! I hope that you like it!
So….Blog Candy! Wanna see what’s up for grabs? Well, scroll on down! 🙂
Tomorrow is Happy Stampers Blog Hop Thursday – we’ll be live at 7am eastern – so be sure to stop on by!
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Use this host code when you order and receive a free gift from me! But, if your order is over $150, please don’t use this code (you’ll miss out on your own Stampin’ Rewards if you use it) but you’ll still get the free gift. The free gift for March is your choice of any item valued up to $8.00 in the 2015-16 Annual Catalog or the 2015 Occasions Catalog.
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Here’s a chance to win a whole garden full of Botanical goodies! See what I did there? Ha. There’s a Botanicals For You Clear Stamp Set, a pack of Botanical Gardens Designer Vellum Stack, Botanical Gardens Jewels and Old Olive Baker’s Twine!
All you need to do to be entered to win this blog candy package is leave a comment on this blog post by 8:00 PM ET on Tuesday, 15 Mar 16 telling us all which Occasions Catalog item you’re hoping against hope will make it into the Annual Catalog and thus be available for another whole year. Simple as that!
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One lucky winner will be chosen by the random number generator from all of the comments received and I’ll announce the winner on Wednesday, 16 March!
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STAMPIN’ UP! PRODUCTS USED IN TODAY’S CARD
CARD CUTS USED IN TODAY’S PROJECT
Whisper White Card Stock: 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ (card base, scored and folded at 4 1/4″); 5/8″ x 3″ (sentiment banner); 4″ x 5 1/4″ (inner liner)
Daffodil Delight Card Stock: 4 1/8″ x 5 3/8″ (mats for card front and inner liner); 2 3/4″ circle (Sunburst Thinlit die cut); 5/8″ x 4″ (inner liner strip mat)
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