Thursday, January 17, 2019

Welcoming a New Baby to the Family!

Hello! Happy 2019 (yes, I know we're 17 days in, however this is my first post of the year)! Today I'm popping in to share the first card that I've made this year. I took a break from crafting during the holidays, and I haven't been feeling super crafty. I have already managed to read 6 books this year, so that pretty much sums up the first couple of weeks. I finally decided that it's time to get in my craft room, clean off my desk and create!

At the beginning of the year, our niece had her first baby, a girl who she named Emi Marie. We are absolutely thrilled for her and her hubby. Though we have yet to meet her, we are hoping to soon! The occasion definitely warranted a new handmade card.

This isn't a typical baby card, but I'm OK with that. I used the new Concord & 9th Everyday Bouquet Turnabout Toolkit. It was my first time using one of their turnabout stamps, and I absolutely loved using it. I started by stamping with 4 different ink colors to create the floral leaf pattern (in the circle) on a piece of white cardstock. I was having a tough time figuring out my card design, had die cutting issues and a sewing maching mishap. Instead of ditching my project and starting over, I die cut the patterned stamping with a circle die and built the rest of my card around it.

I also wanted to use the accompanying dies in the toolkit, but when I positioned my flowers on the circle, the card seemed too busy, so I die cut a second circle out of vellum and put it over the stamped circle to give it a more muted look. The "congrats" sentiment was included with the turnabout stamp and was heat embossed in white. I also dusted off my sewing machine and once I got it working properly, I added some stitching onto the card.

Pretty Pink Posh pearl white jewels finish off the centers of the flowers.

I have another card to make on my to-do list, and I'm planning on using the kit again, so I'll be back (hopefully soon) with another take on the toolkit.

Thanks so much for stopping by!