My fabulous team, The Pennsationals, is having a swap this month, using the new products that we were lucky enough to be able to pre-order from the 2015 Holiday Catalogue which is coming out on 1st September.
A swap is where you make, say 10, of the same card and then post 9 out to the other swappers and you will receive back 9 lovely cards of inspiration!! And who doesn’t like to receive happy mail, rather than a bill!!
Whilst it seems a bit early to be doing Christmas cards (and I think the postie will be wondering why there are Christmas stamps on the envelope!!), it’s not too early to get a start on your cards and decorations. There are so many lovely stamps and products in this year’s Holiday Catalogue, that I think I need from now to have enough time to play with everything!!
I decided to use Reason for the Season stamp set and the matching Festive Flower builder punch. This is just one of about 17 bundles in this catalogue. Love a good bundle!! Not telling how many I bought, lol! Ok, not 17!!
To create the flower, you will need 8 of the larger petals, 4 of the smaller petal and 2 of the long petals. I then stamped the petals after punching as I was using up my scraps. I don’t think it really makes a difference as to when you stamp them. As the stamp set is polymer, it’s easy to see where you are stamping.
I then punched a 1″ circle from the same cardstock as the petals and using my Multi-purpose glue pen, put a blob of glue and stuck down the four large petals in a cross formation. Then a bit more glue and the remaining 4 petals as an alternate cross. On a second circle, I stuck the four smaller petals in a cross and then added the two longer petals on top of that. Then more glue onto the base and attach to the top of the larger petals. I then punched out two of the little “x” on the punch in Crushed Curry and carefully glued them to the flower. I then set it aside to dry. You could use glue dots to attach the flower together but the glue does give you a bit of wiggle room if the petals isn’t in the right place. I also made 10 flowers for my swaps, so I didn’t want to use a whole roll of glue dots!!
I then layered up my card with a Cherry Cobbler base, then Garden Green, Gold foil (love) and Typeset DSP. Once the flower was dry, I attached it to a doily with a string of sequins and then stamped the sentiment from the Reason for the Season stamp set.
I’m very happy with how my card turned out!! I hope the girls in my team like it too.
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