Do I need to say any more? Aw … ok, I will.
I’m still on my challenge to use ‘gifts’ which have come free with magazines. I’ve got a drawer full of stamps and loads of free decorative papers for use in card making or scrapbooking, so this weekend I decided that it was time for another ‘make it from magazine gifts’ challenge.
I looked through the stamps and came across a set which had come with a magazine about 18 months to 2 years ago. (I know, I know. I should have used them by now). I can’t understand why I hadn’t unpacked and played with them when I got them to be honest, because they’re just so lovely. I even remember the magazine had featured some photos inside the mag to show a sample of cards you could make. One in particular stood out to me. It had coats on the front stamped on flowery paper, and I liked it. So I thought I’d make something like it because I have someone in my family who’s birthday is coming up soon and she likes Cath Kidston and cottage style, so my decision was made for me.
The coat actually wasn’t a stamp in itself, it’s a clear stamp of a little girl wearing a coat, so I masked off her head and legs, then inked up the coat in a Memento ink pad in brown and stamped out four coats on some creamy white paper which had roses printed all over it, and four coats on some blue paper which was also printed with roses. Both of these sets of papers were again free but this time with two different magazines.
I had to ‘fussy cut’ the coats out, which was fine at first, but by coat five I began to wonder if this was such a great idea! (Although you can only see 4 of the coats in the photos, there are actually 8 – they’re layered, using foam pads, to give a little depth to the card). I chose some vintage style blue paper with creamy white polka dots for the background (which I distressed a little by using a colour duster brush and some ink from the same ink pad I’d used to stamp the coats out.)
After that it was just a case of assembling it all. I found I had to place the coats at a slightly jaunty angle (and make them ‘hold hands’), because otherwise there wouldn’t be quite enough room for them to sit comfortably (with a little space between them). I did consider starting again and making the card longer, but I really quite liked the angle look so kept it.
While sat wondering what sentiment it should be … my eyes rested upon the friendly looking ‘Happy Birthday‘ ribbon and it called out to me to use it, so I chose the ribbon in place of a sentiment as it added a certain country cottage feel to it. Finally, I added some gingham buttons to finish the whole thing off.
And that’s all there was to it! But… looking at this last photo↑ … who on earth would tromp through the fields to get the sheep in for the night, wearing a Cath Kidston style coat? I mean to say … look at the Quality! The fit! The colours! These coats would cost an absolute arm and a leg if they were for sale in a Cath Kidston shop!
(The papers aren’t Cath Kidston .. but they remind me of her fabulous country-style.)
So that’s me done and dusted so let’s talk about you! .. how did your weekend go? Did you make anything? Did you go anywhere spiffingly wonderful? Buy anything? Eat something naughty? What made you happy this weekend? Or … what made you sad? Tell us … we might just be able to make you smile again, or at the very least, we can all send you love and chat with you about whatever it is. We’re all friends here. I’ll put the kettle on, you slip off your shoes, sit down, put your feet up and get comfy. Tea or coffee? Sugar? Milk?
Have a fabulous start to your week all. Make Monday Memorable.
Sending squidges to your corner from mine,