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Thursday, May 20, 2010

Hold on to the Memories...

This is a very special card for a friend who has recently lost her husband to cancer.  The card is on its way to Sweden as I type where I know it will be treasured and bring a smile to the recipient's face which is just what I want it to do.  A card even though for a sad moment, oozes elegance I think, and was made with a feminine touch in mind.

I put together a stick pin which I just snuck under the ribbon and this can be removed to be used either in hats, scarves, lapels of a jacket or simply as a keepsake if liked.  The length of the pin was 3".  Make sure you zoom in so you can see the detail.  The pieces for the hatpin ingredients were purchased from Many Horses Jewellery supply, the link is here  I found their customer service to be exceptional and the quality of their products certainly worth investing in.

The flower is stamped initially as the base flower and then just the head is stamped twice more and snipped out and layered to give a dimensional effect; I just love this look.  The ribbon was attached with a little snail glue and then a larger glue dot under the knot silently holds it in place.  I already have ideas for a variation to this card so keep watching this space to see what appears!

Until next time...keep smiling and treasure every day....
Regards, Ann

Stamps: Bloomin with Beauty, Close as a Memory
Paper: SU Barley Banana, at home textured navy cardstock, Whisper white, DSP from the Blue Awning series.
Ink: Staz on Black for flower and Night of Navy for sympathy text. 
Accessories: Kaiser half pearls, handcrafted hatpin, wide so saffron ribbon and dimensions to pop up the flower layers.  The flower was coloured using the stampin markers - overall colour was bashful blue, outline/shadow was ballet blue, centre of flower was more mustard and leaves/stem was sage shadow.
Card Size:  12.5 cm x 21 cm