Thursday, June 22, 2023

Bear Hugs

Waffle Flower's Intertwined Bear Hugs Dies just HAD to come home with me. I wasn't
going to wait for a blog hop to try and score one, and I'm glad I grabbed it right away 
because most craft sites are sold out, or there's a reserve/waiting list.
 After watching several You Tube videos for inspiration, I came up with this.

This set is ingenious and cute! When separated, the bears open up to share a hidden
message. I'm still waiting for my sentiment set to arrive so the inside is blank for now.

The sentiment is Waffle Flower's Classic Sentiments and part of the "h" went over 
the tummy fur but I can live with that. 
I have other ideas for this set, now I just have to find the time to put them down.
Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, June 17, 2023

A Little Weekend Marketing

I'm so into die cutting now, more than coloring, and when I saw Concord & 9th's
Weekend Market Dies, I fell in love. Yes, the set has over 20 dies but I watched a video
by Jennifer McGuire and she shared tips and tricks for making the most out of
die cutting "en masse". 

Cutting multiples may seem daunting at first, but it's actually time saving and
you'll have a bunch of elements ready to choose from.

I wanted to give her a printed top and found some vintage MFT papers. Altenew's  
Organic Linen and Deck Planks 3D embossing folders helped to create the background 
and ground the image. I finished off the card with a sentiment from Altenew.

I'll be putting together a few more cards using this set. It's very relaxing to choose the 
outfits and pick out what she's carrying--it's just like playing with paper dolls!
Thanks, always, for stopping by!

Friday, June 9, 2023

The Flower Challenge #81 and SSS June Flickr Challenge #212

The Simon Says Stamp Flickr Challenge for June is Stencil It--use stencils on 
your project. I chose Poppy Field Stencils and went with red as the color choice
for the blooms.

 After stenciling the poppies, I die cut the piece with an arch shaped die and adhered it
to a light gray card base. I added a strip of dotted paper on the bottom and the
sentiment was cut from black card stock. Black enamel dots finished off the card.
While the poppy isn't a favorite flower, per se, I have fond memories of an elderly
neighbor who would pass out a Buddy Poppy at a local shopping center on Veteran's Day.
I would donate a few dollars and sometimes score TWO poppies and attached them 
to my purse straps.

Sadly during the pandemic, Buddy Poppies were no longer passed out and the 
neighbor has since passed away. But he always comes to mind whenever I see the red
poppy and I recall how lucky I was to have a Buddy Poppy. Or two.

Thanks for stopping by!

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Edited to add: My poppies were chosen as Honorable Mention for June!
Thank you, The Flower Challenge!