I hope you are all well and looking forward to the coming weekend, even though for many of us in the UK it's going to be a cold one.
I'm looking forward to it even though I haven't planned to be doing much more than staying in and keeping warm :)
Sadly, the EM's sister's husband, Cyril, who had been ill for some time, passed away in hospital yesterday. The two quick and easy cards below were hastily made and sent to the EM's sister and Cyril's son and their families.
The photo strip was a leftover from an A4 sheet of photographs ... Foto Finesse Floral Toppers from Handy Hippo. I did hesitate to use the strip because of the splash of red from the poppies, but then I thought of what poppies represent - remembrance - and decided to go ahead with it. I'm glad I did because the EM loved the card and thought his sister would too.
It's matted on to a strip of blue Papermania textured cardstock from the snippet box which has been edged with a scalloped punch. The background stamping consists of various fern stamps from Sheena Douglass' A Little Bit Sketchy 2 Optimism set in Tim Holtz DI Stormy Sky. After stamping, I used a damp brush to 'paint' the fronds of the ferns to give a watercolour effect.
The stamping was carried through on to the inside and the back.
The second card, made with a much more subdued mix of blues and silver, uses the last of the photos - a lovely close-up of some fluffy seed heads. The base is a Kanban embossed card in silver and pale blue, the belly band and photo mat are from a scrap of navy blue Double Dot Cardstock from Bo Bunny.
A simple trim made from a strip of the card was added to the inside and back.
Once again my ribbon filing system proved to be a boon - I was able to find the perfect shade of satin ribbon to trim this card very quickly. And even though I'm hardly half way through putting the stamp catalogue together locating the 'thinking of you' stamp was a doddle! It's not an exaggeration to say that Di of Pixie's Crafty Workshop has my undying gratitude for showing me her system ... it works a treat :)
And talking of Di reminds me that with all the snippets, leftovers and scraps that went into the making of these cards they can be submitted to Pixies Crafty Snippets Playground - Week 63
No materials used list tonight - it's been a busy day and I'm too tired. So, if you have any questions about the materials, please feel free to ask.
See you all tomorrow, hopefully :)
Take care and happy crafting,