Hearts and stripes


Gabriel & Co. fine jewelry

Hello, crafting friends!
Valentine’s Day might be over but my heart dies have arrived and I’m not leaving until I’ve tried them out! But then it occurred to me that a heart motif would be perfect for a teen birthday so I set about making one for my niece.
The heart dies are an older XCut set – it’s taken ages to find nesting dies with a heart shape I like! I cut four hearts out of black card stock and one out of white card stock stamped with one of the stamps from Uniko’s Background Builders Classics. The hearts were all glued together to make one dimensional heart.
To decorate my heart, I stamped and heat embossed the styylised roses from Clearly Besotted’s Just For You and watercoloured them. Once they were dry, I fussy cut the centres in three different sizes. The die cut leaves were found in my snippets box. I coloured them with a marker and glued them together with the roses on the heart.
The background is a pale pink card panel that has been stencilled with Funky Fossil’s Simply Stripes, then trimmed with a stitched rectangle die from Heffy Doodle. The sentiment was made with a combination of stamps from my stash, stamped and heat embossed for extra shine.
CHALLENGES
I was inspired by Festive Friday, where I chose Hearts, Flowers and Watercolouring from the inspiration list. It was Time Out Challenges that influenced the style of hearts and flowers with its mouthwatering inspiration photo! I decided on the pink and green colour palette thanks to Color My Heart Color Dare #431, adding the black to give it some ‘edge’.
AND IN OTHER NEWS
I’ve no idea what was going on today, but this morning I was able to go for a walk with Eva without a coat on! There was a warm breeze and lots of lovely sunshine! Spring in February? I mean, no-one is longing for spring as much as I am but that really is a bit early! A sharp wind has picked up since then though, which enabled me to get a bit of crafting done, pausing to have a nice cuppa and a slice of homemade coffee and walnut cake. Little pleasures…!

The mug was a lovely gift from my youngest son and I can only be thankful that he didn’t use the personalisation service to put something rude on it! He probably ordered it first thing in the morning when his naughtiness levels were at their lowest!

Sending hugs,

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