One of my favorite people in the world is turning 80 soon and asked if I would make the invitations for her birthday club group.
This was exciting for two reasons:
1. I was honored she trusted me to do this for her.
2. I had been wanting the Flower Patch stamp set and Flower Fair Framelits Bundle since forever, and this gave me just the reason to order it.
As I was placing my order, I remembered this card I admired on the Pals Blog Hop, which used the Striped Scallop Thinlits Die as a lattice. Before I saw it “in action,” the awesomeness of this die had escaped me. It was one of those things I kept overlooking during my nearly daily perusal of the Annual Catalog. I figured it would be a good companion to the Flower Patch bundle, and a nice way to dress up any card in the future, so I added it to my order.
Best. Order. Ever.
Not only are these products beautiful on their own, they’re A-MA-ZING together. And, all three are so versatile! There is a seemingly unending combination of colors and flower styles for the Flower Patch stamp set alone. The Flower Fair Framelits can be used with patterned paper or inks and look great either way. The Striped Scallop Thinlits Die can be cut in any color for looks ranging from sweet to dramatic, and used as a whole piece or cut to make a trellis, a border, etc. Add to that the range of card stock bases and… mind blown!
I can tell this is the beginning of a beautiful love affair.
As you can see by my photo, I decided to go with a variety of springtime colors. My color choices for card stock were: Soft Sky, So Saffron, Crisp Cantaloupe, Pool Party, Pistachio Pudding, Blushing Bride and Wisteria Wonder. There was no science to this, I just went with what I had on hand. Most were in the Subtles card stock assortment. I cut out a whole bunch of flowers and experimented with different main colors and accent colors. For the most part I ended up with:
* A two-layer pink flower using Blushing Bride, Strawberry Slush and Rose Red. I used a Glue Dot to adhere a Strawberry Slush sequin from the In Color Sequin Assortment to accent the center.
* A flower stamped with Wisteria Wonder, accented with a So Saffron Candy Dot from the Subtles Candy Dots . Tip: I stamped two images for each flower, cutting out then layering the first two rows of petals over another flower using a dimensional.
* A one-layer sunflower stamped with Daffodil Delight, with a center stamped in Soft Suede.
* Leaves stamped in Pear Pizazz and Old Olive (darker color). Tip: I found it easier to stamp the darker color first.
* For the Wisteria Wonder base, I substituted the Wisteria Wonder flower for one stamped in Crisp Cantaloupe.
I used the “Celebrate” sentiment from the Celebrate Today stamp set and hand cut around the word to make a banner. I adhered the banner to the card using dimensionals, and stamped a flower on the inside of each invitation (not shown).
This was a pretty labor-intensive project, but fun! Here are some things that could have cut down on the work, had I thought of them ahead of time:
* BUY TRANSFER ADHESIVE SHEETS! — My upline, Brian King, did a great tutorial on these sheets that you can see here. I didn’t think to order these sheets, but they are great for adhering Thinlits. I used Multipurpose Glue, which was very time consuming because of the thinness of the die cut. Needless to say, these will be in my next order.
* Decide on your flower colors beforehand. — I was so excited about getting the set and getting started on this project, that I went crazy stamping and cutting out flowers in all kinds of colors. By the time I realized I just needed to decide on three with accompanying embellishments, I had a whole garden. (Thankfully, I can use them on other projects!) Pinterest is a good source of inspiration for color and layering combinations since it turns out about a million other people ordered this stamp set before I did.
* Measure twice and cut once. — I messed up a couple of my scalloped backgrounds by not realizing the top of the die was off the paper. Sure, I’ll be able to use those for other things, but when you’re trying to cut a dozen for a specific project, it can be frustrating. Don’t forget to use wax paper in between the die and card stock for easier removal.
Here’s what I used on this project: