I've been finalising numbers for my Stampin' Up! party on Saturday, should be a reasonably good turnout. I've been keeping an eye on Splitcoaststampers for new stamps and things that might be in the new UK catalogue. One of my favourite sets, which I saw well over a year ago, is the Fifth Avenue Florals - a wonderful rose outline stamp along with two further flowers and some words. But it wasn't in the 2009 catalogue - so here's hoping it'll be in 2010. There are others, but I'll just have to be patient!!
I like to try out different techniques - and in 2008 I used gilding flakes for the first time. I'd watched a demo by Dawn Bibby and thought the effect was stunning. So I decided to make a Valentine card for Jonathan.
In my stash of peeloffs (of which I have far too many, and must reorganise) I found a beautiful black heart which I wanted to use as the focus of the card. There are various methods that can be used to achieve this effect. For the heart above I used a piece of double sided adhesive sheet, then I removed the top protective layer and carefully placed on the black peeloff. Next I added some of my gilding flakes (a mixture of red, gold and silver) and rubbed with a toothbrush to burnish the flakes into place and remove any excess. I worked over a large box to catch the excess - I don't waste anything. I wanted a simple but striking background, so ran some red mirri card through my bug - I used the Love Language set, and rounded the corners of the card. I used the same set for the hearts and words - these were done in shiny black mirri card. Finally I added a strip of black ribbon. I'm still pleased with this card.
Reviewing my cards - I realise that I have already done some cards in the one layer style favoured by Susan Raihala of Simplicity. I used the Fantasy Tree stamp by Penny Black for several Christmas cards. I followed some layouts that had been featured in one of the craft magazines (sorry, can't remember which one). I was very pleased with the result.
That's all for tonight. I'll be back again tomorrow.