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by Julie Brooks

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Monday, 2 July 2012

Monday again!

Hello everyone

I can't believe how quickly the weekend went and that it's Monday again already! AND, it's July! More than half way through the year and Christmas fast approaching. Only another couple of months and I'll have to start sorting out my Christmas shopping to help spread the cost! Quite scary.

Anyway, I haven't had much crafting time at all over the weekend as we've been so busy with other things, but I did manage to get about 45 minutes in my craft room today, part of which I spent trying to organise my ever increasing stash to give me more actual work space on my desk (I've run out of storage now and don't have any shelves either so all my ink pads, stamps, dies, and various other bits and pieces are all permanently stored on my desk for the time being, plus the papers I'm currently working with, along with sentiments, and so on, so you can imagine it's a bit cramped for me and I certainly can't venture into spritzing and glitzing territory at the mo! Hoping for a solution soon in the form of a garage conversion - exciting stuff!

So, in the time I didn't spend trying to be better organised, I made the card below using Craftwork Cards new papers called Pretty Little Prints. I hope you like it.

I cut four squares from different papers and rounded the corners. These I placed on top of some of the embossed paper which I'd already inked using Memento Gray Flannel to reveal the pattern. I then fixed the band across the bottom together with the sentiment, which I inked around the edges with VersaMagic Red Magic chalk ink to lift it a little (it's also fixed on foam pads for dimension). I made the flower using a different paper from the new range and my Tim Holtz Tattered Florals die (first time I've used a die on the Sizzix and it cut through the paper like a hot knife through butter, such a clean cut and all done in only a few seconds, so great when there's no time to cut flowers by hand). I inked alternate layers around the edges of the petals in Midnight Sky and Red Magic VersaMagic chalk inks. I then drew and cut the two leaves, scored down their centres and curved the long sides back to provide dimension and fixed them on either side of the flower using Glossy Accents. I glittered all the petals and the four squares for extra sparkle and finished the design with a Candi centre for the flower and two more pieces of Candi on two opposite squares. Simples!

Thanks for popping by and I'll see you soon.

Love from me xx