Well the weekend flew by once again but at least the rain held off. Hubby took advantage of the good weather and did a little mowing under the washing line and around the shed and veggie patch. The dandelion lawn still needs a good cut, though we’ll hold off until the apple blossoms are fully out. That way the bees won’t go hungry. I love walking among our apple trees when they are in full bloom. The scent is always amazing and the pretty pink flowers inspired today’s quick project.
THREE FLOWERS AND REPEAT
There’s so much to love about the Cottage Rose Stamp Set. I created a card using the largest image a few days ago so today it was the turn of much smaller flowers. Although it’s not obvious from the artwork the three flowers are all part of the same stamp. This makes it really quick to cover a large area. As I so often do, I decided that I’d create a ‘test’ piece first and turn it into a pretty bookmark.
I began with a 2″ x 5-1/2″ piece of Thick Very Vanilla Card and a Tuxedo Black ink pad. But before getting to the flowers I first needed to stamp my sentiment. From the Cottage Rose Stamp Set I chose “It’s going to be Fab” and stamped it onto the card. Then I repeatedly stamped the set of three flowers around it to cover the rest of the card strip.
Colouring the flowers was a quick process using Stampin’ Blends alcohol markers. For the petals I began with the dark Flirty Flamingo marker, colouring over the shaded sections of the image. Then I coloured the whole petal with the light Flirty Flamingo. In the centre of the flowers I started with dots of dark Pumpkin Pie before finishing off with light Pumpkin Pie.
Finally I picked out the light Smoky Slate Stampin Blends marker to add a little shadow under each of the individual flowers. To do this I simply drew a line along the bottom edge of each image.
Right now the completed strip could have been used as a layer on a card, instead I used the Label Me Fancy Punch to add a small hole at the top. Then I cut two 6″ pieces of Very Vanilla twine from the Baker’s Twine Essentials Pack. After folding the twine in half I poked the loops through the hole. Then I threaded the cut ends through the loops and pulled gently to secure it in place. I double-quick time my apple blossom bookmark was done.
I love how this project turned out and I’ll definitely use this idea for a complete card background layer in the future. In the meantime you can see the other card I made using the Cottage Rose Stamp set in my blog post Cottage Rose got inky.
BUNDLE BONUS – I bought the Cottage Rose Stamp Set in a bundle with the coordinating Cottage Flowers Dies. Buying the two products using the single ‘bundle’ item number meant I saved 10% off the cost of buying them separately. I’ll have more about the dies and coordinating Abigail Rose Designer Series Paper later this week, however I’ve included a link to the bundle below in case you want to explore that option now.