Inspired by a crafting friend

Hello and thanks for joining me.

I am part of an international group that sends Random Acts of Kindness to each other in the mail. It’s such a delight to receive a beautifully hand crafted card in the mail for no reason other than to say hello and to know that someone has taken time out of their day to think about you. It always brightens my day when I receive one of these cards. I love sending them too!

One of my lovely crafting friends that I’ve known for a few years but never actually met is also in this group and sent me this stunning card…

Anne-Marie Maclean seems to have perfect timing as her card arrived just as my holiday blues were setting in but this card and her sweet words inside really lifted my spirits back up again.

I love the layout of this card and if you’ve read my blog recently you’ll know that I really enjoy Sketch challenges where you make a card following a suggested layout. As soon as I received this card I knew that I wanted to make my own version.

Why not check out Anne-Marie’s blog for your own inspiration from this lovely lady:

Now I don’t have any of the stamps that Anne-Marie used so I simply went with her inspiration and created this card…

I wholeheartedly prefer Anne-Marie’s card to mine and I hope she won’t be offended by my inferior version, lol.

I used Rococo Rose card for my base that measures 21 x 14.5 cm, scored and folded on the long side at 10.5 cm. I then cut a piece of Blushing Bride card to measure 9.5 cm by 10.5 cm and stamped it with the smaller daisy from the Daisy Lane stamp set in Rococo Rose ink.

I cut a piece of Granny Apple Green card to measure 2.5 cm by 10.5 cm.

I splashed the base, the stamped pink card and the green card with some watered down Rococo Rose ink and some Frost White Shimmer paint.

I cut a piece of Very Vanilla card with the Decorative Ribbon Border punch just longer than 10.5 cm so that I could add it to the back of the stamped pink card and then trim off the excess.

I used the Daisy Lane stamp set and stamped the stems in Granny Apple Green ink onto Very Vanilla card and then the Daisy heads in Rococo Rose ink. I masked one of them so the middle one didn’t overlap but that left a little gap so I just filled that in with a little more watered down ink. I also stamped ‘Smile’ from the same set in Rococo Rose ink.

I trimmed the stamped panel down so that it is 2 inches wide to fit into my Scalloped Tag Topper punch. The length of my tag ends up being 10.5 cm.

I added some retired Very Vanilla ribbon to the tag and tied it with some of the twine from the Magnolia Lane Ribbon Combo pack. I added a few loops of the same twine to the base of the card before adding the tag to the card with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

I didn’t have any lovely shiny sequins like Anne-Marie so I used a few green ones from the Gingham Gala set instead.

I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s project and if you’re lucky enough to receive beautiful cards in the mail that you’ll get plenty of inspiration from them too.

I’ve listed the current Stampin’ Up! products I’ve used below. You can click on any of the links to visit my friend Valerie’s online shop to buy any of them if you wish.

Happy crafting,

Heather x

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About stampwithnellie

Hi, my name is Heather Forgan, but my nickname is Nellie! I'm an independent Stampin' Up! demonstrator in the United Kingdom and I love being able to share my creations using their fabulous products.

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