Up first is a card taking advantage of the dies by using them to cut the shapes from felt. I'm weird, but I actually find fussy cutting relaxing so I don't always use the coordinating dies, but I think this die set is one that works so well as a stand-alone set too with all the cupcakes, ice cream and banner images.
I started by stamping my sentiment on the bottom of my card panel using our Sweet Shoppe set (I decided I would hate to mess that up after all the stitching that follows). I then adhered the cones to my card with a little liquid adhesive and stitched them on my sewing machine, starting by stitching the outside edge and then using it a a guide to stitch the diagonal rows. When I was done, I pulled the threads to the back of my panel and taped them down all at once. From there I added my ice cream and stitched again around the edge (taking the corners slow). I considered stitching on the toppings as well, but it was getting pretty bulky so I decided to poke holes in the top of each with a paper piercer and add some decorative brads instead. I finished off my card by adhering some pink felt to white cardstock for stability and then die-cut it using our Sweet Word die. I love the look!
For my next card I used the Birthday Smiles set to stamp the solid balloon image (it comes with both an outline and a solid version for more techniques and flexibility). I love how the balloons look when overlapped with each other! Using my ink swatch book I was able to find colors that were a really close match to my striped Doodlebug paper--Love Jennifer McGuire's system and how it allows me to shop my inks like I'm at a paint store!
I decided I didn't want any extra bulk for the balloon strings this time so I drew simple lines with my Copic Multiliner pen and a clear ruler. I then just drew some freehand bows. They are far from perfect, but I decided to just go with it and call them whimsical. ;)
I finished off my card by stamping one of the banners from the set, coloring it in with my Copics and using our Sweet Script set to stamp the word "party". I finished off my card with a little twine and bows to match. This card was super easy to create and I love how bright and happy it turned out!
Thanks so much for hanging with me today. I hope you will stop back by tomorrow when I will be revealing the first of three new stamp sets we have for Fall. :)
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