My new trimmer/scoreboard - I love it, though it did take me 20 minutes to open the packaging!
After these purchases (and a few other bits for me and some stocking fillers for my mum) I felt that I was more than spent up and could not justify spending anymore. At the final stand Zana and I both fell in love with 2 stamps:
Zana, who had not spent up, bought them with the offer that I could borrow them, a lovely gesture, it is so nice to now have someone local whose craft items I can borrow. On the way home Zana passed me the stamps and said that I could play with them this week, first, as she wouldn't have time, before she'd even had a chance to play! Though a nice gesture (and one I fear I'd struggle to make) it did increase my anxiety levels (which I do struggle with anyway), what if I damaged them? What if they didn't work very well? What if...? What if.....? Today I managed to push that anxiety aside and use one of the stamps to make a few cards (the stamps go back to Zana on Saturday so I need to play lots before then). Here are the results, some lovely simple cards:
A quick explanation of how I made the card (these steps were also followed for the other cards):
* Stamp the wreath (in Tuxedo Black Memento ink) on a 5 inch square card (eyeing it up to attempt to get it central in the card)
* Stamp another wreath on a piece of stamping card in the same ink
* Stamp Happy Birthday (or sentiment of choice) in the centre of the wreath
* Cut out 6 'big' flowers (3 will be used to decorate the envelope - see picture of all 3 cards)
* Choose which of the flat big flowers to raise and attach the cut out flowers using 3D foam
* Add gems (of your choice) to the centre of all the flowers (I used bigger gems on the big flowers and smaller gems on the smaller flowers - common sense I guess!)
The flower of the Thank you stamp was coloured with Victorian Velvet and Peeled Paint distress inks and a yellow gem was added to the centre of the flower
Rather than stamping the Merry Christmas in the centre (this particular stamp wouldn't have fitted anyway, though I do have ones that would but I wanted to try one of my new stamps), I decided to stamp the wreath towards the top of the card and stamp the sentiment underneath.
The 3 cards with their decorated envelopes (3 flowers in the lower right hand corner, the gems matching those on the corresponding card)
I am not at all big headed (no self-confidence Rebecca, that's me) but I am rather pleased with how these cards turned out (though not with the group photo, it was very windy and the cards kept falling over!).
Cards left to finish, I think I may do something a little different with these cards
I'd like to enter the 'Thank you' card into the Crafting at the Weekend - Anything Goes Challenge #5
I'm exhausted now and off for a rest, I hate tiring so quickly but at least I get my next magnesium infusion tomorrow so I may have more energy after that. Thanks for reading, apologies for any ramblings,