This week, and next at CASE-ing The Catty we are CASE-ing our favourite retiring punches and dies. I'm rather sad that I haven't made better use of Botanical Bliss and the matching Botanical Tags dies, because they are very pretty.
I have some Watercolour paper which has been coloured with Pigment Sprinkles, also retiring, and decided to cut all the tags from this. I drew inspiration for the card base and sentiment strip from the colours on the watercolour paper, and for this sunflower card I've incuded the delightful, retiring Leaf Punch, and a long, trailing leaf from Botanical Tags dies.
That trailing leaf has a companion stamp, although I've never actually got around to checking if it does die cut the stamped image, but isn't it delightful the way the 2 leaves are placed to stamp across the bottom, side or top of a card? You Always Deliver provided the cheery message here.
Here is a pictorial explanation from Stampin' Up! as to how to cut the sunflower and a close-up of my card front, trying to show you how I machine stitched around the card for extra interest. I was changing patchwork projects, which is a good time to change needles, so before I did, I sewed the paper, which really blunts the needles!
The bird tag is so pretty, and I decided to leave it to make its own statement. I've used a sentiment from the retiring Love You To Pieces, which has the jigsaw puzzle dies. I think the dies might have already sold out on the Last Chance Products selection.
My third card has a simple rose which I kept intact and glued all those pieces down. I had Swirly Frames out to stamp a series of cards for my video next Tuesday, and luckily, that stamp set is NOT retiring.
I wonder what Sandra is sharing this time, lets hop over and check
We share our projects to inspire you to create and send cards. It would be wonderful if you CASE-d the Colours of the Ornate Garden Suite and shared your card or other project on our Facebook page.
I'd love you to choose my online shop to purchase from, use the Host Code when asked at check out, & I will send you a gift, along with a handmade card. It's extra hard at the moment to run an online business so any help you give by ordering is greatly appreciated. The items listed below were used in my project above, and link to that item in my online shop.