Wednesday, May 25, 2016

~April Showers bring May Flowers~

Hello Scrapping Cottage friends! Thanks for taking the time to stop and visit today. It's Mary Marsh here bringing you the Wednesday edition of the Blog. 

Today for your viewing pleasure, I am featuring a new die set from the May release. This one is the Spring Stamps die. It's an 8 piece die set with just the cutest images for your card making. Joanne has made it so easy to make a really cute card with this new set.  In fact, I think this die set almost makes the card for you (lol)!!!

So lets get started with how I put this card together. How I started my design process this week was with my papers and colors. I came across this patterned paper in my stash the other day and decided I was going to use it sooner than later.
Card Base: 4 1/4" x 5 1/2"
Patterned Paper Layer: 4 1/8" x 5 3/8"

 Then I decided on my layout and found this sketch on line. It's a good one to use all 4 of the squares from this new Spring Stamps set. Sketches are such a good way to get your card design going.
I thought the die cut squares would look good in a darker shade as a backdrop for the images. I chose a dark gray and cut 4 of them. Each square die in this set has a different edge and is a 1 1/2" square. There is a scallop, a postage stamp edge, a pierced square and a stitched square. I used all 4 patterns.

Cut the images next and adhered them to the squares. The bird image is cut in blue and then I pieced the green cardstock for the branch and leaf. On the cloud image I sponged some purple and dark blue to represent a rain cloud. I arranged them according to my sentiment the rain and sun brings the flowers and birds in spring.

I cut a 1" x 4 1/8" panel of the Caribbean blue cardstock and used an embossing folder for background texture. Attached right below the squares.

My sentiment is computer generated in Word 2016. It reads "April sun and showers bring May flowers". I used word art to put in a circular fashion. I won't give instructions here but if you want to know how I did this just leave a comment and I will get back to you. Cut with the stitched circles die using the 4th largest die.

My butterfly is cut from another new die, the Fancy Pocket Plus. I will have a sample using the complete die in the coming weeks. Scattered a few centers that were left from the flowers I cut to complete my card.
Well, friends that's it for me for this week. A reminder that you still have 6 days to get your card completed for our 2nd challenge. This one is spring themed. Get more info here. These new dies would be perfect for the challenge.

So until next time.......inky hugs!


Karen in PA said...

Of course we want some directions on putting a sentiment in a circle, Mary! I like the Spring Stamps - I missed them in the store somehow. Will go and look again. Beautiful card.

Mary Marsh said...

Karen-to get the sentiment in a circle I used Microsoft Word 2016.

Starting with a blank document I clicked on the WordArt option and selected my text style.
From there I selected the text effects option-then transform and then chose circle.

Your text is in a square shape and you click on it and your mouse will turn into an arrow. Start moving it and it will transform to a circle. You can make it any size you want and also choose your text size.

WordArt was available in earlier versions of Word so I think you should be able to do this but the steps might be a bit different. Check help in Word if you have an earlier version.


Vladuška said...

Love it, this is so so cute and adorable and I love how you design this sentiment in a circle.