Pretty Birds and Lace


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Here’s a card I made the other evening while watching some episodes of “Versailles”. It’s an HBO production, so there’s a lot more nudity and sex than network TV, and is pretty compelling if you’re into history/period dramas/political intrigue.

I’d played around before with the Stitched Lace die (see this post) but had to work quite hard to get all the bits out.  Someone posted in their blog that when they ran it through their die cutting machine 7-8 times they brushed out easily.  I tried that, and found that many came right out, but a couple more passes with an additional thin layer (like a sheet of printer paper) made them all come out easily with the die brush.

Once I had the millions of bits out of my lace I trimmed one end with the edge die.  This step takes patience to line up…be careful not to place it too close to the pattern because it’s easy to cut off those lacy frills. 

Gluing was actually easy, with dots of Multipurpose Glue added to the larger solid parts around each medallion in the lace.

The birds are stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black on a Stitched Nested Labels Die-cut piece, and coloured with Stampin’ Blends.  The sentiment is from Healing Hugs.  The Black Metallic Thread is retired, unfortunately, but the Silver or Rose would each look good on this.  I coloured the Rhinestone Basic Jewels with my Rococo Rose Dark Stampin’ Blend marker before adding them.

If you’d like to order anything I used on this card, just click on the images to go straight to my online store….

Tomorrow is the Deadline for Fun Folds 2 Class

Fun Folds 2
Saturday, 3 August
 RSVP deadline Thursday, 1 August
Someone said, “A card is a hug with a fold in the middle.”  What a lovely idea…but we can go beyond that!  Come make a variety of cards that go beyond a simple crease…different to the ones made in June’s class!  You will also receive a printout with directions for each type of fold. Suitable for novice and experienced crafters.  All supplies and afternoon tea included. $30.

Information for All Classes:
1:00 – 4:00 PM
Nancy’s Stamping Studio

1801/151 Berkeley Street, Melbourne 3000
1 block E of Haymarket tram stop (19/59) and Flemington Rd/Peel St (58). Also 3 blocks W of Lincoln Sq./Swanston St – UniMelb tram stop. Contact for parking info.

RSVP at least 2 days before class so I can be sure to have enough materials prepared.
Monthly Card Class
Make 5 projects featuring a variety of techniques and great Stampin’ Up! products. Perfect for experienced and novice crafters!

​$30 – all supplies and afternoon tea included.

Saturday, 17 August
 RSVP deadline Thursday, 15 August
Tuesday, 20 August RSVP deadline Sunday, 18 August

Tuesday, 17 September RSVP deadline Sunday, 15 September
Saturday, 21 September RSVP deadline Thursday, 19 September

Specialty Classes
Playing with Pigment Sprinkles
Saturday, 7 September RSVP deadline Thursday, 5 September
Learn how to use these amazing watercolour pigment crystals on your projects.  We’ll be doing a variety of techniques, some of which will wind up on finished cards, others will be yours to take home to continue working with.  Note: I will supply gloves, but please wear clothes that can get accidentally stained without distress. All supplies and afternoon tea included. $30.

World Cardmaking Day
Saturday, 5 October
 RSVP deadline Thursday, 3 October
Plan to attend my first World Cardmaking Day event in Australia!  Stay tuned for details on this free event….

Christmas Stamp-A-Stack
Saturday, 2 November
 RSVP deadline Tuesday, 29 October
Attendees will literally stamp a stack of cards!  5 each of 5 designs for a total of 25 cards, all ready to send out for the holidays!  Note: this session may run long (or short) depending on how quickly each individual completes her cards.  Suitable for novice and experienced crafters, though most will feel more comfortable having attended one of my previous sessions.  All supplies and afternoon tea included. $50.


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