First of all....... Hello again! I've not been around very much over the last month or so, although scheduled posts and quick drop ins have kept things ticking over, but I've not had chance to return visits and comments, read other blogs and join in challenges as much as I normally like to. A visit to one of my daughters in France, a trip up North to visit my Mum and a visit here from a good friend (complete with a day of total pampering at a spa) have all kept me away from the computer and out of the kitchen and craft room for much of the last few weeks.
Anyway, now I'm ready to get my teeth back into my crafting, and I've started with a card for a Very Important Little Person, my oldest granddaughter who will be six in June. At six, fairies and sparkle are very important features in every day life (as are princesses, Minions and cycling, but I can't fir everything onto one card!) so naturally they had to feature. I also wanted to include lots of die cuts, as Lara loves using the Grand Calibur with me. At the moment she isn't strong enough to turn the handle unaided, but she loves to choose the colours and shapes and is fascinated that a plain piece of card can so easily be transformed into a butterfly or flower (I'm still fascinated by that, too, if truth be told).
The fairy toppers are circle stackers made from a Buzzcraft Fairy Doodles die cut sheet, available from Foil Play. Mine actually came in one of their great value Lucky Dip kits which are ideal for children and beginners, but as you can see here can also be taken much further. The other materials are from my stash. The glitter card I have used for layering the toppers can be quite tricky to use, as things don't adhere well to the glittery surface, but I sanded away the glitter from the centre of the circle where it was going to be covered up, and then used the red-backed extra strong double sided tape to stick the toppers in place. A tip when using red-backed tape - that backing tape has a powerful static charge that makes it stick to your hands and refuse to be dropped into the waste container. But if you wipe your hands with one of those fabric softener sheets meant for using in tumble driers, it neutralises the charge and you won't end up covered in little bits of red plastic!
I'm sharing this with:
Cuttlebug Mania - Bling
Suzy Bee's Blooming Challenge - Make it Bright and Colourful
Addicted to Stamps and More - Anything Goes